Sad news. It’s been an appalling year. Poet, playwright, novelist, memoirist, Beat legend, Michael McClure died at his home this past Monday (May 4th), he was 87. He died, as reported in a lengthy obituary notice in the San Francisco Chronicle, “from the lingering effects of a stroke he suffered in spring of last year”. His achievements were enormous (too many, far too many, to enumerate here, but we must, at the very least, point out his involvement, alongside Allen, in the legendary Six Gallery reading) (see also here)
and his reading at San Francisco Zoo to the lions (the primal body discovery – “beast language”
Here’s an early collection of McClure links we made back in 2011
and in The Last Waltz. reading Chaucer!
Michael and the San Francisco Be-In
Michael (with Diane di Prima) remembering and celebrating another landmark moment – 1967 and that summer – “The Summer of Love”
So much we could point to. So much that could be said.
Here’s Michael & Allen (don’t miss, please don’t miss, this one!) from 1976 at Naropa, reading together, their illuminating “retrospective” reading
There’ll be more on The Allen Ginsberg Project on the passing of this great spirit in the days ahead. Meanwhile, we honor his memory and deeply mourn his passing.