“A hot-wired sutra slinger, a Vendantic versifier, a Wurlitzer of howling meat drunk on holy quarters, Ginsberg – invoking the eternal within the ephemeral, wholeheartedly celebrating paradox and confusion as the fundamental fluids in which the human condition hangs suspended (thereby refining our base dissatisfactions into the more luminous chemistry of acceptance, compassion, goofiness, and grief) – Ginsberg had the capacity to cast a net of enchantment around nearly everything in life.”
“Prolix? Perhaps.”, Liebetrau notes, “But Robbins has been accused of worse, and I think it’s an apt linguistic encapsulation of Ginsberg and his life’s work—a near-mythic aura that is on abundant display in the latest collection of Ginsberg’s work”, which he describes as “far more than just a background study.”
Coming soon from City Lights (publication date, April 23, next year actually)- Mule Kick Blues
“This legendary rockstar eco-poet’s gemlike modal structures will keep humming while ‘black ants circle a bubble of honey.’ A final performance from a master poet.”, writes Anne Waldman
Mule Kick Blues, McClure’s final book of poems was readied for publication shortly before the poet’s death in May 2020, edited by poet Garrett Caples. We look forward to it with great interest.