Published in 1973 by Adventures in Poetry (New York), Tonto Lavoris was published as a quarto trim side-stapled mimeo with an unattributed illustrative cover. Library hors-textes unique to this copy.
As Coolidge explains in an interview with Tom Orange, the book:
"was a collaboration with me and Larry Fagin. I think Larry started noticing two-word groups in my poems that sounded like names. Some were, but most of them weren't. And he started making up this list. I think "Lavoris Tonto" was the original sequence, but we changed it to "Tonto Lavoris." That was a collaboration, but all the words come from my poems.