Michael McClureAt the age of 22 Michael McClure gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. Today McClure is more active than ever, writing and performing his poetry at festivals, and colleges and clubs across the country.

"The role model for Jim Morrison," as the Los Angeles Times characterized Michael McClure, has found sources in music from Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis to the composer Terry Riley ... [continue...]

Latest Books

Ghost Tantras

Ghost Tantras

Originally self-published in 1964 and long out of print, Ghost Tantras is one of Michael 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 lives in mankind, and he has had a consistent message: [...read more...]

Mysteriosos

Mysteriosos and Other Poems

Mysteriosos and Other Poems, Michael McClure’s newest book of poetry, speaks of working toward freedom and beauty during a time of interminable war and the destruction of nature. In the introduction, McClure clarifies his playfulness with time, explaining how within the moment of his writing all moments and memories exist. His “willingness of unwearied senses to be what they perceive” as Anne Waldman says, “opens our perceptions.”

Included in this new collection are a long travel poem about India [...read more...]

Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems by Michael McClure

Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems

This essential collection of Michael McClure’s poetry contains the most original, radical, and visionary work of a major poet who has been garnering acclaim and generating controversy for more than fifty years. Ranging from A Fist Full, published in 1957, through Swirls in Asphalt, a new poem sequence, Of Indigo and Saffron is both an excellent introduction to this unique American voice and an impressive selection from McClure’s landmark volumes for those already familiar with his boldly inventive work. One [...read more...]

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Collaborations

The Piano Poems: Live from San Francisco - Michael McClure , Ray Manzarek

The Piano Poems: Live in San Francisco

Michael McClure is a Beat Generation poet, playwright and songwriter. Ray Manzarek is a founding member of The Doors, songwriter and music producer. Together with flautist Larry Kassin, they take their loyal fans on a musical mind expanding journey with their creations. Their collaboration was documented in the Oglio Home Video release … [more...]

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MICHAEL McCLURE: FREE VERSE


photo by Garrett Caples

May 1, 2014, 7pm

Walker Art Center
Walker Cinema

Free tickets available
at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm

Join us for a May Day extravaganza as poet Michael McClure unleashes a mighty roar! A central figure of the Beat Generation, he has enchanted audiences through his poetry, plays, and performances for nearly six decades and has collaborated with artists such as Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, and Ray Manzarek. McClure’s

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