SCRATCHING THE BEAT SURFACE.

McClure, Michael

Published by San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. dj
ISBN 10: 0865470731 / ISBN 13: 9780865470736
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A collection of essays in which poet & playwright McClure reviews his own career and that of his fellow poets - in doing so, he includes many poems by Charles Olson, Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and others. Illustrated with photographs by Larry Keenan. SIGNED on the title page. Reading list. 175 pp. Very good+ in like dust jacket. (remainder line, small spot of discoloration from a sticker on front endpaper). Bookseller Inventory # 24565

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Review: Michael McClure has been a persistent and sometimes fascinating figure for three decades. Rightfully associated with California schools of poetry such as Duncan and the Beats, this book's title leads one to believe it's about the Beats. And, indeed, much of it is-musings, reminiscences, and evocations. In a sense McClure is highly generous for he presents not only a sequence of essays that pivot off the Beat theme, but also examples of his poetry and that of others-notably Ginsberg and Kerouac. In facL his tribute to Kerouac, especially as exemplified in Kerouac's ecstatic, religious choruses, Mejdco City Blues, is really eloquent. Although McClure's poetry never quite matches that of those he admires and who have influenced him (such as Olson), it is interesting to read in his words how he was influenced to write the poems. Notable among the other influences on McClure are the scientific ones. Throughout his work there is interaction with the physical and random world of the universe and the animal or shamanistic world of interpreted human nature. Almost from the beginning, his poetry has taken on a very marked physical presence in its shape and type appearance (lines all in caps, pyramidal modulations, etcetera) suggestive of some kind of growth, whether organic or crystalline. For example, from "Hail Thee Who Playl": "OH DO NOT KILL! BLESS those who love you still OR QUICK The MASS of things are sick when seen with rotten eyes; THE STIES of Paradiso are filled with Cherubim." A fascinating gathering of thoughts and poetry, meditations for a world gone mad. -- From Independent Publisher

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Title: SCRATCHING THE BEAT SURFACE.
Publisher: San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. dj
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition

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