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Michael McClure

Michael McClure was born in Marysville, Kansas, and raised there and in Seattle. Educated at the University of Wichita, the University
of Arizona, and San Francisco State College—where he
studied with poet Robert Duncan—he gave his first poetry reading in 1955, at the age of 22, alongside Allen Ginsberg. It was at this mcclure_sixgalleryreading at the Six Gallery where Ginsberg first read Howl.

McClure is the author of numerous collections of poetry and has written more than 20 plays and musicals, several television documentaries, and the song “Mercedes Benz,” which was made famous by singer Janis Joplin. His 1965 play “The Beard,” which depicts an imagined sexual encounter between Jean Harlow and Billy the Kid, gained notoriety when it was (unsuccessfully) brought to trial on charges of obscenity.


A. Books and Broadsides

1. McClure, Michael. PASSAGE
mcclure_passageBig Sur: Jonathan Williams – Publisher, 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, 1959
First edition, illustrated wrappers, 5.5″ x 8.5″, 12 pages, (750) copies. Published as Blue Plate #2. (Clements A3)



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


5. McClure, Michael. !THE FEAST!
San Francisco: The Batman Gallery, 1960. (Clements A6)

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

7. McClure, Michael. PILLOW
New York: New York Poets Theatre, 1961. (Clements A8)

8. McClure, Michael. DARK BROWN
mcclure_darkbrownSan Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961
First edition, 750 copies (725 in wrappers; 25 in boards, bound by the Schuberth Bindery, numbered and signed), 56 pages. (Clements A9)



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

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

11. McClure, Michael. POERTRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE
(Los Angeles): n.p. [privately printed], n.d. [circa 1964]
First edition, broadside. Photograph of McClure by Wallace Berman. (Clements A13)

12. McClure, Michael. BLUE-BLACK...
(Los Angeles): n.p. [privately printed], n.d. [circa 1964]
First edition, broadside. (Clements A14)

13. McClure, Michael. THE BLOSSOM: OR BILLY THE KID
mcclure_blossomNew York: American Theatre for Poets, 1964
First edition, stapled sheets, 8.5″ x 11″, 26 pages. (Clements A15)




14. McClure, Michael. GHOST TANTRAS
San Francisco:  n.p. [privately printed], 1964
First edition, 1500 copies (1480 in wrappers; 20 in boards, and signed), 108 pages. Cover photo of McClure by Wallace Berman. (Clements A16)

15. McClure, Michael. DOUBLE MURDER! VAHROOOOOOOHR!
(Los Angeles): (Wallace Berman), 1964
First edition, broadside, (200) copies. Published as SEMINA 9. (Clements A17)

16. McClure, Michael. LOVE LION, LIONESS
mcclure_lovelion(San Francisco):  n.p. [privately printed], n.d. (1964)
First edition, broadside in two states (350 copies poster size, 70 copies letter size) issued with tickets printed for the fictitious event. (Clements A18)

17. 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)


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

19. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisoned(San Francisco):  n.p. [Oyez Press], 1965
First edition, saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 600 copies (576 in wrappers; 24 in boards bound by Dorothy Hawley, lettered and signed).



B. Contributions to Periodicals

1. POETRY, Vol. 87, No. 4, January 1956
mags_poetry8704“2 FOR THEODORE ROETHEKE: PREMONITION”.
This is McClure’s first appearance in print. (Clements C1)



2. SEMINA, Two, 1957
mags_semina02
“I WANTED TO TURN TO ELECTRICITY”
(Clements C2)





3. ARK II / MOBY I, 1956-57
mags_ark2“CANOE: EXPLICATION”, “LOGOS: KNOUT”
McClure co-edited this issue. (Clements C3)





4. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1957
mags_evergreen0102“NIGHT WORDS: THE RAVISHING”, “CAT’S AIR”, “THE RUG”, “THE”, “NOTE”, “THE ROBE”
(Clements C5)




5. BLACK MOUNTAIN REVIEW, No. 7, Autumn 1957
mags_blackmtn7“POEM”
(Clements C6)





6. MEASURE, No. 2, Winter 1958
mags_measure2THE MAGAZINE COVER…“, “ONE”, “TWO”
(Clements C7)





7. CHICAGO REVIEW, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 1958
mags_chicagoreview1201“THE MESS”, “7/26/57”, “LESS THAN VANITY”, “THE BREECH”
(Clements C8)





8. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 6, Autumn 1958
“ODE TO JACKSON POLLOCK”
(Clements C9)

9. YUGEN, 4, 1959
mags_yugen4“THE CHAMBER”
(Clements C11)





10. JABBERWOCK, 1959
mags_jabberwock“FOR ARTAUD”, “A FANTASY AND COURTLY POEM”, “ODE FOR SOFT VOICE”
(Clements C12)




11. YUGEN, 5, 1959
mags_yugen5“RANT BLOCK”
(Clements C13)





12. SEMINA, 4, 1959
“WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEEP CLOUD”
(Clements C14)

13. THE GALLEY SAIL REVIEW, Vol. 2, No. 1, Issue No. 5, Winter 1959-1960
mags_galleysail5“L’ETOILE”
(Clements C15)





14. SIDEWALK, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1960
“THE FLOWER OF POLITICS”
(Clements C16)

15. SEMINA, 5, 1960
“WE ARE IMPERVIOUS AS THE SKIN OF OUR DREAMS”
(Clements C17)

16. BIG TABLE, Vol. 1, No. 4, Spring 1960
mags_bigtable14“TWO POEMS FROM A SMALL SECRET BOOK”
(Clements C18)





17. YUGEN, 6, 1960
mags_yugen6“THE COLUMN”
(Clements C19)





18. BEATITUDE, No. 17, Oct-Nov 1960
mags_beatitude17“OH WHY OH WHY THE BLASTED LOVE THE HUGE SHAPE CHANGE?” from DARK BROWN
(Clements C20)



19. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 1, February 1961
“THE SMILE SHALL NOT BE MORE MUTABLE THAN THE FINAL EXTINCTION OF MEAT”
(Clements C21)

20. NOMAD, 9, Summer 1961
mags_nomad9“HIGH & FROM A NOTEBOOK”
(Clements C22)





21. THE FLOATING BEAR, No. 14, Fall 1961
“!THE FEAST!”
(Clements C24)

22. THE OUTSIDER, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall 1961
mags_outsider01“SPONTANEOUS HYMN TO KUNDALINI”
(Clements C25)





23. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 5, No. 20, Sep-Oct 1961
“ON SEEING THROUGH SHELLEY’S EYES THE MEDUSA”
(Clements C26)

24. JOURNAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL BEINGS, No. 1, 1961
“REVOLT”
(Clements C27)

25. KULCHUR, Vol. 2, No. 8, Winter 1962
mags_kulchur8“PHI UPSILON KAPPA”
(Clements C28)




26. FOOT, No. 2, 1962
mags_foot2“THE SURGE”
(Clements C29)





27. PA’LANTE, No. 1, May 1962
“FIDELIO”, “TWIGS”
(Clements C30)

28. EL CORNO EMPLUMADO, No. 3, July 1962
“DEAR JANE”, “DRUNK WRITING”
(Clements C31)

29. ORIGIN, Second Series, No. 6, July 1962
mags_origin26“THE HELD BAK PAIN”
(Clements C32)





30. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 25, Jul-Aug 1962
“DRUG NOTES”
(Clements C33)

31. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 4, Aug 1962
“THE MIND PAIN COMES OVER ME AND I AM BLUNKED”
(Clements C 34)

32. THE NATION, Vol. 196, No. 3, Jan 1963
“THE HUMAN FACE”
(Clements C35)

33. SEMINA, 8, 1963
“GHOST TANTRA (NO. 14)”
(Clements C36)

34. THE OUTSIDER, Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 1963
mags_outsider03“THREE MAD SONNETS”
(Clements C37)





35. POETRY, Vol. 102, No. 3, June 1963
“THE CHILD”, “TWO MAD SONNETS”
(Clements C38)

36. ART FORUM, Vol II, No. 1, July 1963
“DOG STAR MAN”
(Clements C39)

37. CITY LIGHTS JOURNAL, No. 1, 1963
“NOTES ON A MINIATURE DRAMA”
(Clements C40)

38. NORTHWEST REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 4, Fall 1963
“ARTAUD: PEACE CHIEF”
(Clements C41)

39. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 4
“FUCK ESSAY”
(Clements C42)

40. NOW, 1963
mags_now“I, MICHAEL MCCLURE”, “BLACK AND YELLOW: PANSY”
(Clements C43)




41. EVERGREEN REVIEW, Vol. 8, No. 32, Apr-May 1964
“THE GROWL”
(Clements C44)

42. JOGLARS, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1964
mags_joglars11“STANZA 13” from LOVE LION BOOK
(Clements C46)





43. FILM CULTURE, No. 32, Spring 1964
“DEFENSE OF JAYNE MANSFIELD”
(Clements C47)

44. GNAOUA, No. 1, Spring 1964
mags_gnaoua1“THE BEST SOUND: NINE POEMS”
(Clements C48)





45. CLEFT, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 1964
mags_cleft12“GHOST TANTRA 50”
(Clements C49)





46. KULCHUR, Vol. 4, No. 14, Summer 1964
“REASON”
(Clements C50)

47. IMAGO, No. 1, 1964
“THREE POEMS FROM THE BEAST SOUND”
(Clements C51)

48. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 7, Sep 1964
“AIRS FROM A FORGOTTEN BOOK”
(Clements C52)

49. NOW NOW, 1965
“LOVE LION, LIONESS”
(Clements C53)

50. DIMAS, 3, Feb 1965
“FOR ME”, “FOR A DRAWING BY BRUCE CONNER”, “ONLY SIMPLICITY”, “YOU — NEW TO ME”, “THE CONVERTIBLE”
(Clements C54)

51. THE SAN FRANCISCO KEEPER’S VOICE, Vol. 1, No. 2, Feb 1965
“GHOST TANTRA 15”
(Clements C55)

52. MY OWN MAG, No. 11, Feb 1965
“DREAM TABLES, NO. 1 & 2”
(Clements C56)

53. C, A JOURNAL OF POETRY, Vol. 1, No. 10, Feb 1965
“GHOST TANTRA #9”
(Clements C57)

54. FUCK YOU / A MAGAZINE OF THE ARTS, No. 5, Vol. 8, March 1965
“POEM CARDS”
(Clements C58)

55. FUX!, No. 1, Spring 1965
“WONDERSMITTEN! TRANCELIKE! PROFOND!”
(Clements 60)

56. SIGMA PORTFOLIO, No. 21, 1965
“REVOLT”
(Clements C61)


References consulted:

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

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