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Mysteriosos and Other Poemsby Michael McClure
"Michael McClure is a living legend. One of the poets who read at the famous Six Gallery event in San Francisco that launched the Beat Generation (and featured the first public rendition of Allen Ginsberg's epic Howl), McClure subsequently appeared in Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums as the character Ike O'Shay and went on to counter-cultural stardom. McClure leapt the divide between the '50s scene and that of the '60s, quickly becoming a renowned figure in the alternative artistic community. He's published numerous volumes of poetry, plays, works of fiction, and essays, and performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe." Chris Faatz, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
Mysteriosos and Other Poems, Michael McClure's newest book of poetry, explores the last seven years. These new poems speak of working toward freedom and beauty during a time of interminable war and the destruction of our natural surroundings. In the introduction, McClure clarifies his playfulness with time, how within the moment of his writing all moments and memories exist. His willingness of unwearied senses to be what they perceive as Anne Waldman says, opens our perceptions.
Included in this new collection is: a long travel poem to an Indian forest where an enraged elephant charges then recognizes an old human friend and turns back into the trees; "Double Moire" which reads like a fulfillment of Goethe's prophesy and Shelley's: the whole universe seems to be in it, down to the smallest and up to the most vast. It is absolutely what the ultimate nature poem might be (Jerome Rothenberg). The poems against war are fierce and canny while the Mysteriosos and Cameos can be as gentle as lullabies inventing love. "Dear Being", a garland of thirty-seven stanzas, uses the freedoms of Buddhist hwa yen.
“McClure’s poetry is a blob of protoplasmic energy.” Allen Ginsberg
“McClure’s advantage is sheer scope. . . ." Rolling Stone
A spiritual odyssey by preeminent Beat Generation poet Michael McClure.
About the Author
Michael McClure, a founding member of the Beat Generation, has long been noted for the popularity of his dynamic poetry performances. At twenty-two he gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. He is the co-author of the song "Mercedes Benz" and often performs with musicians, notably Ray Manzarek and Terry Riley.
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