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the asphodel book shop holds a special place in cleveland literary history. it sold a wide variety of cutting-edge literature, and was instrumental in promoting the work of cleveland poets of the 1960s such as d.a. levy and tom kryss. operated by james r. lowell first in the old arcade, then on w. 6th st., the asphodel was raided on dec. 1, 1966, and lowell was arrested along with levy for pandering obscenity. the charges were later dropped. lowell fled cleveland for the bucolic expanses of burton ohio, where he operated the asphodel book shop out of his basement until his death in 2004.


The Asphodel Book Shop

17192 Ravenna Rd.
Burton, Ohio 44021


A sampling from one of the last aphodel catalogs:

Elizabeth Bishop
Questions of Travel. Poems. Cloth. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
New York (1965). A fine copy in jacket. $75

Thomas A. Clark
Fly Patterns for Still Waters. Drawings by Laurie Clark. Covered wrappers. (1978). $20

Simon Cutts
A New Kind of Tie. Poems 1965-68. Introduction by Charles Tomlison. Covered illustrated wrappers.
Tarasque Press/East Markham (1972.) One of 500 copies. Fine copy. $50

Richard Hugo
Good Luck in Cracked Italian. Poems. Cloth. World Publishing Co. New York & Cleveland (1969).
Inscribed by author. A fine copy in jacket. $75

W.P. Kinsella
The Alligator Report.
Stories. Drawings by Gaylord Schanilec. Illustrated wrappers.
Coffee House Press. Minneapolis (1985) Very fine copy. $20

Poetry Postcards
Cassady, Carolyn, drawing of Neal Cassady (1976) $10
Corso, Gregory, The Doubting of Truth (1976) $10
Ginsberg, Allen, Returning to the Country for a Brief Visit, in holograph facsimile (1976) $10
Kerouac, Jack, Junk, Blue & pink stock (1976) $10

Jonathan Williams
Fifth Epiphytes. Wrappers. Poet & Printer London (1967).
Inscribed by author on title page. Fine copy. $50

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