Mysteriosos and Other Poems (Paperback)

By Michael McClure

New Directions, 9780811218429, 144pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2010

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Description

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 interminable war and the destruction of our natural surroundings. In the Introduction, McClure clarifies his playfulness with time, 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 is: a long travel poem to an Indian forest where an enraged elephant charges then recognizes an old human friend and turns back into the trees; “Double Moire” which “reads like a fulfillment of Goethe’s prophesy and Shelley’s: the whole universe seems to be in it, down to the smallest and up to the most vast. It is absolutely what the ultimate nature poem might be” (Jerome Rothenberg). The poems against war are fierce and canny while the “Mysteriosos” and “Cameos” can be as gentle as lullabies inventing love. “Dear Being,” a garland of thirty-seven stanzas, uses the freedoms of Buddhist hwa yen.


About the Author

Michael McClure, a founding member of the Beat Generation, has long been noted for the popularity of his dynamic poetry performances. At twenty-two he gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. He is the co-author of the song “Mercedes Benz” and often performs with musicians, notably Ray Manzarek and Terry Riley.


Praise For Mysteriosos and Other Poems

McClure’s poetry is a blob of protoplasmic energy.
— Allen Ginsberg

McClure’s advantage is sheer scope. . . .

This poetry is soulful freedom play in the Desire-realm . . . .
— Gary Snyder

[McClure] shares a place with the great William Blake, with the visionary Shelley, with the passionate D.H. Lawrence.
— Robert Creeley