Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems

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University of California Press, Jan 26, 2011 - Poetry - 319 pages
This essential collection of Michael McClure's poetry contains the most original, radical, and visionary work of a major poet who has been garnering acclaim and generating controversy for more than fifty years. Ranging from A Fist Full, published in 1957, through Swirls in Asphalt, a new poem sequence, Of Indigo and Saffron is both an excellent introduction to this unique American voice and an impressive selection from McClure's landmark volumes for those already familiar with his boldly inventive work. One of the five poets who heralded the Beat movement in the 1955 Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, McClure reveals in his poetry a close kinship to Romanticism, Modernism, Surrealism, and Japanese haiku. These poems—grounded in imagination and a profound regard for the natural world—chart a poetic landscape of utter originality.
 

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Contents

From Hymns to St Geryon 1959
5
Peyote Poem
34
The
47
OH BRING OH BLOOD BACK
53
OH WHY OH WHY THE BLASTED LOVE
54
Ode to Jackson Pollock
61
La Plus Blanche
67
Ode The Love and VISION of the Instant
73
Springs
111
From Jaguar Skies 1975
113
Poetics
115
stanzas From Rare Angel 1975
117
LOVELINESSOF GOLD FLAKES
119
SO NOW ITS SERIOUS
120
ANOTHER SPOT SOMEWHEREELSE
121
LOVE AND HUNGER COMPRISE HATRED
123

From Star 1970
87
Mad Sonnet
89
Love Lion
90
Cold Saturday Mad Sonnet
91
Mad Sonnet 2
92
Poisoned Wheat
93
From Hail Thee Who Play 1974
103
OH MUSE
105
From September Blackberries 1974
107
Written above the Sierrasin the Flyleaf of Regis DebraysRevolution in the Revolution
109
Gray Fox at Solstice
110
DÜRER RAPHAEL AND SHANG DYNASTY
124
From Fragments of Perseus 1983
127
The Night of December 23rd
129
Captives
132
From Rebel Lions 1984
133
Dark Brown Eyes of Seals
135
Rose Rain
136
To Glean the Livingness of Worlds
137
Credits
311
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Michael McClure (1932-2020) was an American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. He collaborated with prominent artists, poets, and musicians, including Allen Ginsberg, Jim Morrison, and Terry Riley. McClure's journalism was featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and he received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award. His books of poetry include Mysteriosos and Other Poems, Huge Dreams, and Rain Mirror.

Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010) taught at Mills College in Oakland and at Bard College in New York State. Among her many books are It's go in horizontal: Selected Poems, 1974-2006 (UC Press); Day Ocean State of Star's Night: Poems and Writings, 1989 and 1999-2006, and Floats Horse-Floats or Horse-Flows.

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