Originally self-published in 1964 and long out of print, Ghost Tantras is one of McClure’s signature works, a book mostly written in “beast language.” A mix of lyrical, guttural and laryngeal sound, lion roars, and a touch of detonated dada, this is one of his best-known but least available books, a deep well from which decades of poetry have drawn.
McClure’s inspiration has always been the animal consciousness that still lives in mankind, and he has had a consistent message: “When a man does not admit that he is an animal, he is less than an animal.” Ghost Tantras is his original and singular manifesto for a poetry that relies not on images and pictures, but on muscular, sensual, energetic sound.
Ghost Tantras Events:
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, 7:30 pm
Berkeley, CA: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Bookstore
City Lights will host Michael McClure celebrating the publication of his Ghost Tantras with City Lights! It’s the latest book in the City Lights/Grey Fox Series, and comes out nearly 50 years since its original debut.
City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue @ Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach.