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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Penguin Books
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Eddie Watkins
Feb 27, 2012 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
I HAVE CUT THROUGH THE HUMANE SURFACE
and I know all men and women
(and they
know me
for I
am them).
WE POUR FORTH OUR WANTS
in the center of this tornado.
Nothing can tear down
what we are
we only color it with intellective lies.

I
WAS
RIGHT:
WE
ARE
LOVES AND HUNGERS!!!
Delicate at moments, murderous and murmurous at others. Our
CRIES

are songs and howls
that we make into the sizzling air.

KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS TRULY HAPPENING
(beyond our sense of fingertouch or ear)
we must read the walls
while they stand there
amidst
...more
Mitch
Jul 27, 2007 Mitch rated it it was amazing
I've always loved McClure, even though I know that I could never love him as much as he loves himself. Even so, I like the way he roars & whispers poems, I like the hippie language he practically invented, and I really like it when he stretches out in long poems, like these. Rare Angel is a total masterpiece, lucid and hallucinatory, with a lovely cadence and many strong political and spiritual aspects. Probably my favorite of the three poems in this book. I heard him read from it once, at t ...more
Matt
Apr 28, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing
These poems are amazing. I cannot say that I feel I completely understood each one of them, but they certainly make for interesting, exciting reading. These are somewhat demanding poems, in that they ask for the reader's deep attention; this is a good thing, because by responding with deep attention, one more fully appreciates the intensity, wonder, and beauty to be found. "Dolphin Skull" fairly glows on the page. The fact that the poems are spontaneous compositions is to be marveled at. These r ...more
Lisa
Feb 06, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Beat poetry fans, esp. Whalen, Snyder. McClure obscure, not sure?
Recommended to Lisa by: no one
I found this in a box in storage and started reading it again.. I still seem to love McClure's style, his imagery, the juxtaposition...Personal tastes are strange and can last decades sometimes. Hmmm.

Recommended for anyone interested in Beat poetry, biology, the natural world, the strange equilibrium betwixt (yeah, I wrote it) savagery and civilization, and possibly anyone who likes Rimbaud, Baudelaire, and the like...

Jaredjosephjaredjoseph harveyharveyharveyharvey
SO NOW IT'S SERIOUS

YOU SAY

You say it is serious.

You say it pours into itself
like honey poured from cup to cup.

THINGS ARE WHAT THEY ARE:
WAVES OF STARS OR DOTS.
Mat
May 13, 2013 Mat rated it liked it
Shelves: beat
Want to give this book three and a half stars actually - three is slightly too harsh but four is slightly too kind.

This book features three classic McClure long poems in reverse chronological order (which reminded me of a book compiled in a similar manner by Louis Zukofsky). The most recently penned of these poems, Dolphin Skull, shows an interesting literary synthesis of hallucination, vision and childhood memories all swept together in the chaos of the moment recalled by McClure (remember thes
...more
Gregory Rodriguez
Mar 24, 2008 Gregory Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Spontaneous poems at it's finest!
Mills College Library
811.54 M1286t 1995
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Michael McClure (born October 20, 1932 in Marysville, Kansas) is an American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving to San Francisco as a young man, he found fame as one of the five poets (including Allen Ginsberg) who read at the famous San Francisco Six Gallery reading in 1955 rendered in barely fictionalized terms in Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums. He soon became a key member of t ...more
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