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Of Indigo and Saffron

Of Indigo and Saffron: New and Selected Poems

MICHAEL McCLURE
EDITED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY Leslie Scalapino
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: 1
Pages: 344
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pn758
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    Of Indigo and Saffron
    Book Description:

    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 fromA Fist Full,published in 1957, throughSwirls 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.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-94733-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xiv)
  3. Preface
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  4. Introduction: The instant is the giant lamp we throw / our shadows
    (pp. 1-12)
    LESLIE SCALAPINO

    Michael McClure, renowned as a poet and playwright, and associated with the Beat Movement and San Francisco Renaissance, participated in the famous 1955 Six Gallery reading that inaugurated the Beat Movement. While noting the streamlining effect that eliminates difference by categorizing as movements individuals who are originating new gestures, McClure was living and writing alongside poets, artists, composers—dear friends—including (listing just a few): Philip Whalen, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Bruce Conner, Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, Terry Riley, Francesco Clemente, Joan Brown, Wallace Berman, Jack Kerouac, Stan Brakhage, Jay Defeo, Joanne Kyger, and Jim Morrison.

    McClure’sJosephine:...

  5. SEVEN POEMS from On Organism, 1974
    (pp. 13-24)
  6. FROM HYMNS TO ST. GERYON, 1959
    (pp. 27-44)
  7. FROM A FIST FULL, 1956–1957
    (pp. 47-48)
  8. FROM DARK BROWN, 1961
    (pp. 51-58)
  9. FROM THE NEW BOOK/A BOOK OF TORTURE, 1961
    (pp. 61-70)
  10. FROM LITTLE ODES, 1961
    (pp. 73-78)
  11. FROM GHOST TANTRAS, 1964
    (pp. 81-86)
  12. FROM STAR, 1970
    (pp. 89-102)
  13. FROM HAIL THEE WHO PLAY, 1974
    (pp. 105-106)
  14. FROM SEPTEMBER BLACKBERRIES, 1974
    (pp. 109-112)
  15. FROM JAGUAR SKIES, 1975
    (pp. 115-116)
  16. STANZAS FROM RARE ANGEL, 1975
    (pp. 119-126)
  17. FROM FRAGMENTS OF PERSEUS, 1983
    (pp. 129-132)
  18. FROM REBEL LIONS, 1984
    (pp. 135-148)
  19. FROM SIMPLE EYES & OTHER POEMS, 1993
    (pp. 151-154)
  20. STANZAS FROM DOLPHIN SKULL, 1995
    (pp. 157-164)
  21. FROM RAIN MIRROR, 1999
    (pp. 167-184)
  22. FROM PLUM STONES: CARTOONS OF NO HEAVEN, 2002
    (pp. 187-198)
  23. SWIRLS IN ASPHALT
    (pp. 201-310)
  24. Credits
    (pp. 311-312)
  25. Index of Titles and First Lines
    (pp. 313-319)
  26. Back Matter
    (pp. 320-320)