Ghost Tantras

Ghost Tantras

"Feature on Jacket 2"
Jul 31, 2014

Charles Bernstein discusses the work of Michael McClure.

- Charles Bernstein, Jacket 2

"Michael McClure highlighted in KCET's L.A. Letters"
Apr 24, 2014

Michael McClure is discussed as a central figure in San Francisco, the "City of Poets."

- Mike Sonksen, L.A. Letters

"Michael McClure introduces Ghost Tantras"
Feb 12, 2014

Michael McClure shares a small portion of his latest book Ghost Tantras.

- Michael McClure, Poems and Poetics

"Michael McClure blends old and new works in latest book"
Jan 10, 2014

Michael McClure talks about Ghost Tantras, his latest book.

- Lou Fancher, Inside Bay Area

San Jose Mercury News

"Michael McClure is a Bay Area legend, a poet who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl.' In 1964, he self-published Ghost Tantras, written in a mix of muscular free verse, sensual lyricism and an elemental "beast language" that includes roars, growls and other preverbal sounds. Now, 50 years after it first appeared, City Lights has reissued the book; Ghost Tantras remains an essential volume for Beat Generation aficionados."--Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News

The Rumpus

"Michael McClure's Ghost Tantras, is also wonderfully welcome. City Lights Books has reprinted this slim volume by a Beat stalwart who never gets stale, has avoided with careful, exuberant wisdom the cannibalization of his comrades' memories, and is fearless . . . "--Barbara Berman, The Rumpus

"Interview on The Poetry Foundation web site"
Nov 15, 2013

The Poetry Foundation republishes Garrett Caples interview with Michael McClure, originally in The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

- Harriet Staff, The Poetry Foundation

"Feature on the Electric Review"
Nov 15, 2013

The Electric Review discusses "The Voice of the Animal Self."


- Jacob Aiello, Electric Review

"Interview with the San Francisco Chronicle"
Nov 17, 2013

Jonah Raskin talks to Michael McClure.

- Jonah Raskin, San Francisco Chronicle

"An interview with Michael McClure in the San Francisco Bay Guardian"
Nov 13, 2013

City Lights editor Garrett Caples discusses Ghost Tantras with poet and author Michael McClure.

- Garrett Caples, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Interview with Michael McClure"
Oct 27, 2013

Michael McClure discusses "Abstract Alchemist of Flesh," the new documentary about his life, with the UC Berkeley newspaper The Daily Cal.

- Cara Cerino, The Daily Cal

Michael McClure reads poetry to lions at the San Francisco Zoo, 1966.
May 7, 2013

HTML Giant

"These poems are intense, serious, hilarious, beautiful. The 'beast language' is intended to appeal to the animal inside every human...For McClure, language is something entirely different than simple words and syntax. He pushes language to many limits, most of them definitive. Words here become sounds, writing becomes speech; what is so foundationally cultural—language—is imagined and acted upon as natural. If nothing else, this makes for some bravely original and compelling poetry, and McClure is widely recognized today as a revolutionary poet because of his atypical attitudes toward language."--- Housten Donham, HTML Giant.

7x7 Magazine

"It's time for books with brains. . . . The famously lyrical (and out-of-print) Ghost Tantras by Beat poet Michael McClure is coming back to life."--Allison McCarthy, 7x7 Magazine