Specks by Michael McclureSpecks by Michael Mcclure


byMichael McclureForeword byPaul Nelson

Paperback | April 15, 2012

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Widely noted for the popularity of his dynamic performances, Michael McClure has been celebrated since his first poetry event. At twenty-two years old, in San Francisco's legendary Six Gallery, McClure, Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg gave their first poetry reading-Ginsberg read "Howl" that night. McClure's writing followed his deepening environmental awareness and biological studies, and he became an outspoken advocate, through his essays, music, theatre and novels, for the protection of all living beings.When McClure's Specks was first published in 1985 by Talonbooks, it was a revelation in terms of its transcending the proprioceptive poetic methodology of Charles Olson and entering an Aristotelian realm of metaphysical questions that alchemically combined matters both scientific and mystical. In this much-anticipated return, with incisive and bombastic projective verse, McClure's stance in the face of futurity is even more topical, as the senses of the physical-poetic body explore its properties, powers and limitations, expanding forth as the benevolent love child of its own consciousness. Specks assumes the form of a blastula, offering a poetic model of embryonic development that arises from the cellular division known as "cleavage." Specks presents groupings of ideas that mimic and challenge one another in a deep biological state. With mind aglow in recognition of muscular imagination and the intelligence of the sensorium in all its unapologetic tonality, McClure's luminous journey leaps with the grace of Muhammad Ali and Fred Astaire, and tempts the reader into the mysterious abyss of dark energy that Federico García Lorca calls duende.
Michael McClure is a novelist, musician, playwright and poet who came to prominence in the 1950s as a central figure of the beat generation. McClure's recent books are Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems (University of California Press, 2010) and Mysteriosos and Other Poems (New Directions, 2010). He is the recipient ...
Title:SpecksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 6.18 × 8.99 × 0.24 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889226881

ISBN - 13:9780889226883

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