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Michael McClure: Books and Broadsides

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This index includes books and broadsides beginning with McClure’s first book through the end of the 1960’s…

A. Books and Broadsides

1. McClure, Michael. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageBig Sur: Jonathan Williams – Publisher, June 1956
First edition, sewn wrappers, 7.25″ x 10.75″, 12 pages, 200 copies. Cover by Jonathan Williams. Published as Jargon 20. Printed by the Windhover Press.
(Clements A1)

2. McClure, Michael. PEYOTE POEM
(San Francisco): Wallace Berman, 1958.
First edition, folded broadside tipped into folder, 9″ x 12″, 200 copies. Published as SEMINA 3.
(Clements A2)


3. McClure, Michael. FOR ARTAUD
mcclure_forartaudNew York: Totem Press, June 1959
First edition, illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (750 copies). Published as Blue Plate #2. (Clements A3)



4. McClure, Michael. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEEP CLOUD
(San Francisco): (Wallace Berman), (1959)
First edition, broadside, 3.5″ x 4.25″. Laid into Semina 4.




5. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS
mcclure_hymnsSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, October 1959
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 7.25″ x 10″, 62 pages, (950 copies). Cover illustration by McClure.
(Clements A4, Auerhahn 4)


6. McClure, Michael. FUCK DEATH
(San Francisco): privately printed, 1959
First edition, folded card, 5″ x 3.5″.
(Clements A5)

7. McClure, Michael. !THE FEAST!
San Francisco: The Batman Gallery, 1960
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, mimeograph. A working script of the play.
(Clements A6)

8. McClure. Michael. WE ARE IMPERVIOUS AS THE SKIN OF OUR DREAMS
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), (1960)
First edition, broadside, 4″ x 6.25″. Laid into Semina 5.




9. McClure, Michael. THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE
New York: Grove Press, August 1961
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 64 pages, (4,000 copies). Photo of McClure on rear wrapper by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A7)


10. McClure, Michael. PILLOW
New York: New York Poets Theatre, 1961.
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 7 pages. A working script of the play.
(Clements A8)

11. McClure, Michael. SPONTANEOUS HYMN TO KUNDALINI
(New Orleans): (Loujon Press), (Fall 1961)
First edition, broadside, 5.75″ x 9″. An offprint from The Outsider, Vol. 1, No.1.




12. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrownSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, Winter 1961
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6″x 9″, 56 pages, 725 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9″, 56 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies, bound by the Schuberth Bindery.
Printed announcement issued.
(Clements A9, Auerhahn 13)

13. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1963
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 84 pages, (3,000 copies). (Clements A10, Cook 41)




14. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR SHEET
(San Francisco): privately printed, (1963)
First edition, broadside, 6.25″ x 2″. According to Clements, copies were given away by the author as tickets at readings in San Francisco and at the University of California at Berkeley.
(Clements A11)
[not in archive]

15. McClure, Michael. TWO FOR BRUCE CONNER
(San Francisco): Oyez Press, 1964
First edition, broadside, 500 copies. Published as Oyez #1, printed by Auerhahn Press.
(Clements A12)

16. McClure, Michael. POERTRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE
(Los Angeles): privately printed, 1964
First edition, broadside, 8.5″ x 5.5″. Announces a reading by McClure. Photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman; make up by Robert LaVigne. Beneath the photo is a statement by McClure beginning “Poetry is a muscular principle…”
(Clements A13)

17. McClure, Michael. BLUE-BLACK...
(Los Angeles): privately printed, (Summer 1964)
First edition, broadside, 7.5″ x 2.5″. Contains one-line poem: “BLUE-BLACK SPACE RAINBOW GRAHHR”.
(Clements A14)

18. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM: OR BILLY THE KID
mcclure_blossomNew York: American Theatre for Poets, June 1964
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 26 pages. A working script of the play.
(Clements A15)


19. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco:  privately printed, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 108 pages, 1480 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in illustrated dust wrapper, 109 pages, 20 copies signed. Issued with a copy of BLUE BLACK… (see A17) laid in.
Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.
(Clements A16)

20. McClure, Michael. DOUBLE MURDER! VAHROOOOOOOHR!
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), 1964
First edition, broadside, 3″ x 4.75″, (200 copies). Contained in a small manila envelope bearing an altered photograph of Jack Ruby at the point of murdering Lee Harvey Oswalk. Published as SEMINA 9.
(Clements A17)

21. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION, LIONESS
mcclure_lovelion(San Francisco):  privately printed, (December 1964)
— A. First edition, poster, 28″ x 22″, 350 copies printed in red and blue in the style of a boxing poster.
— B. First edition, broadside, 11″ x 8.5″, 70 copies printed in black in the style of a boxing poster.
Tickets measuring 5.5″ x 2.25″ were printed for the fictitious event.
(Clements A18)

22. McClure, Michael. 13 MAD SONNETS
mcclure_13madMilan: East 128, 1964
First edition, saddle-stapled sheets in printed dust jacket, 8.5″ x 11″, 28 pages, 315 copies (299 numbered for sale). Photographs of McClure by Ettore Sotsass Jr.
(Clements A19)

23. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
(San Francisco):  privately printed, April 1965
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 71 pages, 350 copies planned, 330 produced. (Clements A20)



24. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisoned(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 576 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in printed dust wrapper, 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 24 copies lettered alpha through omega and signed by the author. Bound by Dorothy Hawley.
(Clements A21)

25. McClure, Michael. UNTO CAESAR
mcclure_unto(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1965)
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 4″,  24 pages, circa 60 copies.
(Haselwood 1)

26. McClure, Michael. DREAM TABLE
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965
First edition, 30 double-sided printed cards, 2.5″ x 3.5″, 200 sets (30 signed). Each card is printed with a Lion and a Tree ornament on one side and two words on the other.
(Haselwood 5)


27. McClure, Michael. LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY
(San Francisco): (Dave Haselwood), (1966)
First edition, 24 cards in printed envelope, 2″ x 2″, envelope measures 4.5″ x 5.75″. Each card is printed with  four words one side and a hallucinogram on the other. Illustrated by Bruce Conner.
(Haselwood 10)

28. McClure, Michael and Bruce Conner. MANDALAS
San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 10″ x 10″, 32 pages, 1200 copies. Illustrated by Bruce Conner. Printed announcement issued.
(Haselwood 11)

29. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION BOOK
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 40 copies numbered and signed.
Published as Writing 11.

30. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisonedSan Francisco:  Coyote, 1966
First edition thus, second printing, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 5000 copies.



31. McClure, Michael. MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS
San Francisco: City Lights Books, June 1966
Second expanded edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 120 pages. This expanded edition contains three essays not found in the 1963 publication: “Phi Upsilon Kappa”, “Defense of Jayne Mansfield”, and “Reason”. (not in Cook)

32. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
San Francisco: Coyote, 1967

33. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
New York: Grove Press, 1967

34. McClure, Michael. WAR IS DECOR IN MY CAVERN CAVE
(San Francisco): Communication Company, (1967)

35. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM, OR BILLY THE KID
Milwaukee: Great Lakes Books, 1967

36. McClure, Michael. FREEWHEELIN FRANK
New York: Grove Press, 1967






37. McClure, Michael. HAIL THEE WHO PLAY
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, August 1968
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 233 numbered and signed copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 75 numbered and signed copies, each with an original drawing by the author.

38. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES: Jan – March 1961
New York: Poets Press, 1968

39. McClure, Michael. THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW AND THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968
— A. First edition, saddle-stapled wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 1200 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6″ x 9.25″, 24 pages, 50 copies signed.
(Haselwood 17)

40. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Los Angeles: Love Press, 1968

41. McClure, Michael. GRAHHR APRIL GRHARRR APRIL
(Buffalo): (Gallery Upstairs Press), (1968)
First edition, broadside, 28.5″ x 21.25″.

42. McClure, Michael. GREETINGS
London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 12″.

43. McClure, Michael. HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & DARK BROWN
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
— A. First edition thus, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers.
— B. First edition thus, hardcover in illustrated dust jacket.
Two titles previously published by Auerhahn Press, published here dos-a-dos. Illustrated and with cover art by Wallace Berman.

44. McClure, Michael. LITTLE ODES AND THE RAPTORS
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press,  March 1969
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 43 pages, 1000 copies.
— B. First edition, hardcover in cloth with paper label, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 200 copies numbered and signed.
— C. First edition, hardcover in gold stamped leather, 6.75″ x 9.5″, 43 pages, 26 copies lettered and signed with each with an original drawing by the author.
Cover illustration by the author.

45. McClure, Michael. THE SURGE
Columbus, OH: Frontier Press, 1969

46. McClure, Michael. LION FIGHT
New York: Pierrepont Press, 1969
First edition, 28 cards housed in a hinged plastic box covered in a cream-colored silk drawstring bag with a white satin cord,.
— A. 330 copies numbered and signed
— B. 26 copies lettered and signed
— C. 4 hors commerce copies signed.

47. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969
First edition thus, second printing preceded by the privately published edition from 1964, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 106 pages. Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman.

48. McClure, Michael. PLANE POMES
New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1969
First edition, hand-sewn wrappers with printed label.
A. 100 numbered and signed copies.
B. 26 lettered and signed copies.

49. McClure, Michael. THE SHELL
London: Cape Goliard, 1969
First edition, broadside in a tube.
— A. 250 copies numbered.
— B. 50 copies numbered and signed by the author.

50. McClure, Michael. MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT
Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, 1969
First edition thus, second printing following the 1968 edition by Love Press, side-stapled illustrated wrappers, 350 copies.

51. McClure, Michael. TO JAMES B. RECTOR
San Francisco: Privately Published, 1969
First edition, broadside,
A. trade edition, total number published unknown.
B. 30 copies numbered and signed by the author.

52. McClure, Michael. LIBERATION
Oakland: Mills College Tape Music Center, 1969
First edition, broadside, issued in a large bag labeled “Free,” along with 8 broadsides by other contributors.

Auerhahn Press: Commissioned Publications

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This index includes commissioned publications printed by Auerhahn Press for various publishers and private parties from 1961 through 1965.

C. Commissioned Publications

1. SAN FRANCISCO TRIBUTE TO KENNETH PATCHEN
patchen_tributeSan Francisco: (Auerhahn Press), 1961
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 5.5″ x 8″, 8 pages, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Program for memorial service, includes illustrated Patchen poem.
(Auerhahn 9)

2. Pomeroy, Ralph. STILLS & MOVIES
pomeroy_stillsSan Francisco: Gesture Press, 1961
First edition, perfect-bound illustrated wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 41 pages, 500 copies printed at the Auerhahn Press. Cover art by Harold Bruder. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 11)

3. Suffin, Arnold. RESURRECTION
suffin_resurrectionSan Francisco: Arnold Suffin, 1961
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 5.25″ x 8″, 40 pages, 200 copies, printed at the Auerhan Press.
(Auerhahn 12)


4. Racine, Jean. BRITTANICUS
racine_britannicusSan Francisco: Folio 1, 1962
First edition, hardcover, 6.25″ x 8.25″, 87 pages, 300 numbered copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Block prints by Tanya Lohman. Printed announcement issued.
(Auerhahn 16)

5. Magistretti, Paul. NOTES OF WHAT I CAN’T BE, OF WHAT I AM
magistretti_notesSan Francisco: The New Gnu Press, 1962
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 4.25″ x 7″, 40 pages, 400 numbered copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Printed anncounement issued.
(Auerhahn 25)


6. Hillsborough Garden Club. PLANTS FOR PICKING
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
(Auerhahn 26)

7. Magowan, Robin. VOYAGE NOIR
magowan_voyageSeattle: Robin Magowan, 1962
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 6″ x 8.5″, 36 pages, 500 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Cover illustration by Hervé Télémaque.
(Auerhahn 27)

8. Powell, Roxie. DREAMS OF STRAW
powell_dreamsSan Francisco: Roxie Powell,1963
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 4.5″ x 6.75″, 16 pages, 250 copies, printed by Dave Haselwood and Charles Plymell at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 28)

9. Black, M. Graham. M. GRAHAM BLACK SENDS HIS OWN VERSES…
San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1963
First edition, hand-sewn printed wrappers, 4.75″ x 6.5″, 8 pages, 100 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. (Auerhahn 29)



10. Elvin, Steve. DRAWINGS OF A PEYOTE BOY
elvin_drawingsSan Francisco: Batman Gallery, (1963)
First edition, printed envelope containing 8 sheets printed with line cuts (one tinted), 9″ x 11″, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 30)


11. Blackley, R. John. BEYOND DUST
blackley_beyondSan Francisco: n.p., 1964
First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 8″ x 10.25″, 64 pages, 175 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 31)


12. KOSHIRO ONCHI, 1891-1955: WOODCUTS
San Francisco: Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1964
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 6.5″ x 8.5″, 42 pages, (750 copies), printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 32)

13. Corrington, John William. THE ANATOMY OF LOVE…
corrington_anatomyFort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.5″ x 9″, 86 pages, 1000 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Introduction by Richard Whittington.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6.5″ x 9″, 86 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Introduction by Richard Whittington.
(Auerhahn 33)

14. Williams, Jonathan. LINES ABOUT HILLS ABOVE LAKES
williams_linesFort Lauderdale: Roman Books, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound printed wrappers, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 750 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain.
— B. First edition, hardcover, 6.25″ x 9″, 27 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Barry Hall. Foreword by John Wain.
(Auerhahn 34)

15. Johnson, Ronald. A LINE OF POETRY, A ROW OF TREES
johnson_lineHighlands: The Nantahala Foundation, 1964
— A. First edition, perfect-bound illustrated french-fold wrappers, glassine dust jacket, errata slip noting the omitted dedication to Olson laid in,  6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 500 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Illustrated by Thomas George. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.
— B. First edition, hardcover, unprinted dust jacket, 6.5″ x 10″, 80 pages, 50 numbered and signed copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press, bound by the Schuberth Bindery. Illustrated by Thomas George. The author’s first book. Published as Jargon 42.
(Auerhahn 35)

16. THE NEXUS CATALOGUE
nexus_catalogLa Jolla: The Nexus, 1964-65
First edition, saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 4″ x 8.75″, 16 pages, printed at the Auerhahn Press.
(Auerhahn 36)

Michael McClure

Since his literary debut at the Six Gallery reading, Michael McClure has been one of the most enduring and influential writers of the Beat movement. As one of five poets who began his career on that mcclure_sixgallerynight in 1955, he shares a long and rich history with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, and many other writers of San Francisco’s Beat period. As one of the youngest members of the Beat circle, McClure played an important role as a bridge between writers and artists of the Beat movement and the region’s youth counterculture of the 1960s and has been a close friend and collaborator with figures such as Jim Morrison, Richard Brautigan, Bob Dylan, and Janis Joplin.

McClure was born October 20, 1932, in Marysville, Kansas. He began his university education in 1951 at the University of Wichita and later transferred to the University of Arizona before moving to San Francisco where he enrolled in a writing workshop with poet Robert Duncan at San Francisco State University. Through his friendship with Duncan and later with poet Kenneth Rexroth, he began to find his place in the city’s literary community in the early 1950s.

In fall 1955 McClure took part in the now famous Six Gallery reading — the foundation of what would soon be called the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance. Here, in his first public reading, McClure, along with Lamantia, Snyder, Whalen, and Ginsberg helped to launch the Beat movement, and his presence at the event helped to instill in the fledgling movement his lifelong fascination with the natural world.

In the months following the Six Gallery reading, McClure began in earnest to publish his work. In 1956 his first small collection of poems PASSAGE, was published by Jonathan Williams (Jargon). Other collections soon followed, including McClures first major collection, HYMNS TO ST. GERYON AND OTHER POEMS (Auerhahn Press, 1958), THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE (Grove Press, 1961), his powerfully erotic long poem DARK BROWN (Auerhahn Press, 1961), the wildly experimental “beast language” poems contained in GHOST TANTRAS (1964), and his vitriolic condemnation of the Vietnam War, POISONED WHEAT (Oyez, 1965). During these early years, McClure also took an active role in seeing that the words and ideas of other writers of the Beat movement and the Black Mountain School made it into print; he coedited two influential literary journals of the period: ARK II / MOBY I and JOURNAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL BEINGS.

— Encyclopedia of Beat Literature


A. Books and Broadsides
B. Contributions to Periodicals


References consulted:

Clements, Marshall. A CATALOG OF WORKS BY MICHAEL MCCLURE, 1956-1965
New York: The Phoenix Book Shop, 1965

Cook, Ralph T. CITY LIGHTS BOOKS: A DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1992

Cooney, Seamus. THE BLACK SPARROW PRESS, A CHECKLIST
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1971

Johnston, Alastair. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AUERHAHN PRESS & ITS SUCCESSOR DAVE HASELWOOD BOOKS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1976

Lepper, Gary M. A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION TO SEVENTY-FIVE MODERN AMERICAN AUTHORS
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976


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