Ghost Tantras

Ghost Tantras

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

Title Ghost Tantras
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Co-publisher Grey Fox
Title First Published 01 November 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 120 p.
ISBN-10 0872866270
ISBN-13 9780872866270
Publication Date 01 November 2013
Main content page count 120
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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