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:
Questions of Travel. Poems. Cloth. Farrar, Straus
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
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.
Good Luck in Cracked Italian. Poems. Cloth. World
Publishing Co. New York & Cleveland (1969).
Inscribed by author. A fine copy in jacket. $75
The Alligator Report. Stories. Drawings by Gaylord Schanilec.
Coffee House Press. Minneapolis (1985) Very fine copy. $20
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
Fifth Epiphytes. Wrappers. Poet & Printer London (1967).
Inscribed by author on title page. Fine copy. $50