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Huge Dreams: San Francisco and Beat Poems (Penguin Poets)

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Huge Dreams republishes two books, out of print for thirty years, which together are a cornerstone of the Beat movement: The New Book/A Book of Torture and Star. Both were influential in expanding poetry into a larger world:the West Coast Beat phenomena, which focused on nature, the environment, antiwar activities, individual anarchism, Zen Buddhism, jazz, and a kind of romantic mystical thought. With these books Michael McClure brought an animal energy and a knowledge of art and physical human nature that was new to the scene.

The New Book/A Book of Torture was written spontaneously while McClure was in a "dark night of the soul" brought on by psychedelics. A single long poem of experience and exploration, it offers the means of liberation from the darkness it examines. Star is a wide-ranging book of chalice seeking, spiritual discovery, and political protest, grounded in the emotions and sensations of eros and play.

About the Author

Michael McClure has published novels, interviews, essays, and plays. In recent years he has performed his poetry in collaboration with the Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek.

Table of Contents

Huge Dreams Introduction by Robert Creeley: "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities . . ."

The New Book/A Book of Torture

Epigraph

Ode to Jackson Pollock

For Jack Kerouac/The Chamber

Deep Cloud

Ode on the End of Jazz

For Charles Olson

A Fantasy and Courtly Poem

Ode for Soft Voice

Fragment of a Hymn

Lines from a Peyote Depression

The Room

The Strain

Yes Table

For Artaud

Rant Block

The Column

L'Étoile, The Star

The Flowers of Politics, One

The Flowers of Politics, Two

A Small Secret Book

1. For Philip Lamantia

2. Oh Christ God

3. The Shark Is the Lamb

4. Oh Christ Oh God

5. For Thelonious Monk

A Cool Pamphlet

Ode to the Rose

For Jane

Blue Rose

Pollen

La Plus Blanche

Star

13 Mad Sonnets

For an Unknown Melody

November's Texas Song

Small Ode on the Need to Drink

A Rose

The Lion-Beams

The Purple One

Love and Strength

The Pansy

Ode to the Negative Universe

Valentine's Day Sonnet

Sonnet

Mad Sonnet

Mad Sonnet

The Child

Under the Black Trees

The Surge

A Thought

The Answer

The Human Face

A Thought

There Is Not Passion Enough

Love Lion Book

Drunk Variation

Grahr Mantra

Poisoned Wheat

For Kenneth Anger

Overpop

Variation

Mantra

William H. Bonney: Billy the Kid

Cupid's Grin

Matter

The Sermons of Jean Harlow and The Curses of Billy the Kid

Viet Nam Song

Liberation

After Thoughts

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140589177
Author:
McClure, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
McClure, Michael
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Beat generation
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Beat generation -- Poetry.
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.) Poetry.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.06x6.04x.55 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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