Originally self-published in 1964 and long out of print, Ghost Tantras is one of McClure's signature works, a book mostly written in "beast language." A mix of lyrical, guttural and laryngeal sound, lion roars, and a touch of detonated dada, this is one of his best-known but least available books--a deep well from which decades of poetry have drawn.
McClure's inspiration has always been the animal consciousness that still lives in mankind, and he has had a consistent message: "When a man does not admit that he is an animal, he is less than an animal." Ghost Tantras is his original and singular manifesto for a poetry that relies not on images and pictures, but on muscular, sensual, energetic sound.
Praise for Michael McClure:
"Michael McClure shares a place with the great William Blake, with the visionary Shelley, with the passionate D.H. Lawrence . . ."—Robert Creeley
"McClure's poetry is a blob of protoplasmic energy."—Allen Ginsberg
"Without McClure's roar there would have been no Sixties."—Dennis Hopper