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Michael McClure

Michael McClure is an award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving from Kansas to San Francisco as a young man, he was one of the five poets who participated in the Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem "Howl." A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac’s novels The Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He also participated in the ’60s counterculture alongside musicians like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. McClure remains active as a poet, essayist, and playwright, and lives with his wife, Amy, in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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Mephistos and Other Poems
Michael McClure
Eco-poetic innovations and ecstatic meditations from a founding member of the Beat Generation. Reading at City Lights on Thursday, November 17th, 7pm!



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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure
50 years since its first publication, we present Michael McClure's signature work, Ghost Tantras, back in print. Grahhr!



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Rain Mirror
New Poems
Michael McClure
"Rain Mirror," writes poet Michael McClure, "is my most bare and forthright book. It contains two long poems, 'Crisis Blossom' and 'Haiku Edge' which are quite disparate from one another." Yet brought under a single cover, the poems compliment each...



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Huge Dreams
San Francisco and Beat Poems
Michael McClure
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...



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Scratching the Beat Surface
Essays on New Vision from Blake to Kerouac
Michael McClure
Eloquent discussions on the Beat Movement and its connections to the world. Photos by Larry Keenan.






Preface by Michael McClure

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Old Angel Midnight
Jack Kerouac
"The only book I've ever written in which I've allowed myself to say absolutely anything I want."—Jack Kerouac