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Michael McClure

Michael McClure is an 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 legendary 1955 Six Gallery reading that featured the public debut of Allen Ginsberg's landmark poem Howl. McClure remains a key figure of the Beat Generation and is immortalized as Pat McLear in Jack Kerouac’s novel Big Sur. A central figure in the Beat Movement and the San Francisco Renaissance, his poetry is heavily infused with an awareness of nature, especially in the animal consciousness that often lies dormant in mankind. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Obie Award for Best Play, an NEA grant, the Alfred Jarry Award and a Rockefeller grant for playwriting. McClure is still active as a poet, essayist and playwright and lives with his second wife, Amy, in the San Francisco Bay Area. McClure continues to reach new audiences through his poetry, plays, and performance.


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Ghost Tantras
Michael McClure
New from City Lights/Grey Fox! 50 years since its first publication, we present Michael McClure's signature work, Ghost Tantras, back in print. Grahhr!



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Mysteriosos and Other Poems
Michael McClure
A spiritual odyssey by preeminent Beat Generation poet Michael McClure. Mysteriosos and Other Poems, Michael McClure’s newest book of poetry, explores the last seven years. These new poems speak of working toward freedom and beauty during a time of...



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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.