A Selected Bibliography, 1956-2002

1960             1970             1980             1990             2000
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selected contributions to periodicals

Some books have been published by multiple publishers or in different forms; in these cases there will be multiple entries for the book. Subsequent printings of the same edition by the same publisher are noted, but are not given a separate entry.

PASSAGE. Big Sur: Jonathan Williams 1956. Wrappers.

PEYOTE POEM. San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1958. A broadside, folded, and tipped into a folder. The folder bears the titles PEYOTE POEM & Semina 3, and features a photo of two peyote buttons.

FOR ARTAUD. New York: Totem Press, 1959. Published as Totem Blue Plate #2. Wrappers.

HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & OTHER POEMS. San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959. Wrappers. photo

WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEEP CLOUD. San Francisco: Wallace Berman, 1959. A broadside, laid into a portfolio, Semina 4.

OH CHRIST GOD LOVE CRY OF LOVE STIFFLED FURRED. San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1959. A broadside, folded, tipped into wrappers titled "The Auerhahn Press." Also including poems by John Wieners, Philip Lamantia, & Philip Whalen.

FUCK DEATH. [San Francisco: Privately Published, 1959.] A folded card, featuirng a horse's head surrounded by a horseshoe. FUCK DEATH is printed in capital letters at the top of the horseshoe. It does not bear Michael McClure's name.

! THE FEAST ! San Francisco: The Batman Gallery, 1960. Mimeographed sheets.

WE ARE IMPERVIOUS AS THE SKIN OF OUR DREAMS. [Los Angeles: Wallace Berman, 1960.] A broadside laid into a pocket in a folder entitled Semina 5.

THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE. New York: Grove Press, 1961. Wrappers. Two printings.

FROM THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE. Cambridge, MA: Paterson Society, 1961. Broadside. Also known as PATERSON SOCIETY.

PILLOW. New York: New York Poets Theatre, 1961. Photocopied sheets.

SPONTANEOUS HYMN TO KUNDALINI. New Orleans: Loujon Press, 1961. Broadside.

DARK BROWN. San Francisco: Auerhahn Press, 1961. 725 copies in wrappers; 25 hardbound copies signed by the author. The second edition was published in 1967 by Dave Haselwood Books.

MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1963. Wrappers. photo

GRAHHR GROOOOOOOOOOOOO NYARR GARHOOOOOOOSH ROSE. [San Francisco: Privately Published, 1963.] Broadside, containing only one line. It does not bear Michael McClure's name.

LOVE LION LIONESS. [San Francisco: Privately Published, 1964.] Poster. Two matching tickets were printed for each poster.

DOUBLE MURDER! VAHROOOOOOOR! [Los Angeles]: Wallace Berman, 1964. Broadside. Laid into an envelope entitled Semina 9.

POETRY IS A MUSCULAR PRINCIPLE. [Los Angeles, Privately Published, 1964.] Broadside.

BLUE-BLACK WINGED SPACE RAINBOW. [San Francisco: Privately Published, 1964.] Broadside, containing only one line. It does not bear Michael McClure's name.

TWO FOR BRUCE CONNER. San Francisco: Oyez, 1964. Broadside. The two poems are "Centaur" & "Short Song." Printed by Auerhahn, as Oyez #1.

13 MAD SONNETS. Milano: East 128, 1964. Wrappers.

GHOST TANTRAS. [San Francisco: Privately Published], 1964. Wrappers. 1500 copies. photo

DREAM TABLE. San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965. 200 sets of 30 cards were published.

THE BEARD. [San Francisco: Privately Published], 1965. Wrappers.

POISONED WHEAT. San Francisco: [Privately Published], 1965. 576 copies in wrappers; 24 copies in hardcover, lettered and signed by the author.

UNTO CAESAR. [San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1965]. Wrappers. The author's name does not appear on the book.

[MANDALAS]. with Bruce Conner. San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1966. Wrappers. Also sometimes referred to as [I KNOW NOW WHAT I DID NOT KNOW BEFORE], BOOK, or [Repeated To Form A Square Enclosing A 36 Pt. Bullet].

LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY. with Bruce Conner. [San Francisco, Dave Haselwood,] 1966. An envelope containing 26 cards, each printed with a mandala on one side, and with four words [one on each edge] on the reverse. The envelope's flap is printed "Bruce Conner 1966 Michael McClure;" LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY is printed on the front. Sometimes called by the name MANDALA DECK.

VIDEO SUTRA NO. II (EXCERPTS FROM A POEM). [n.p, n.p., 1966]. Mimeographed sheets. Excepts from MANDALAS. 7 pages, 8.5 x 14 inches, printed on blue paper with a green cover.

LOVE LION BOOK. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1966. The first printing consisted of 1000 copies, of which 40 were hardbound, numbered, and signed. There was a second printing in wrappers. Published as Writing 11. photo

POISONED WHEAT. San Francisco: Coyote, 1966. Wrappers.

MEAT SCIENCE ESSAYS. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1966. Wrappers. This expanded edition contains three essays not found in the 1963 publication: Phi Upsilon Kappa, Defense of Jayne Mansfield, and Reason. Also with a new preface. photo

THE BEARD. [San Francisco]: Coyote, 1967. Wrappers. 4960 trade copies; 40 specially bound copies numbered and signed. photo

THE BEARD. New York: Grove Press, 1967. Wrappers. Two printings. photo, 1st pr.   2nd pr.

WAR IS DECOR IN MY CAVERN CAVE. [San Francisco]: Communication Company, 1967. Broadside.

THE BLOSSOM, OR BILLY THE KID. Milwaukee: Great Lakes Books, 1967. Wrappers. There were 500 numbered trade copies, as well as 10 numbered & signed copies, and 15 copies lettered & signed with a poem by the author. photo

FREEWHEELIN FRANK, SECRETARY OF THE ANGELS. by Frank Reynolds, as told to Michael McClure. New York: Grove Press, 1967. Hardcover & wrappers. Contrary to what has been written elsewhere, the words in this book are solely those of Freewheelin Frank. photo

#189. [Oakland: Egg Press, 1967.] Broadside. 50 copies. Flea #189, illustrated by Ernie Cefalu.

*HAIL THEE WHO PLAY. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1968. 250 copies in wrappers; 75 numbered hardcover copies, signed & with a drawing by the author.

LITTLE ODES: Jan - March 1961. New York: Poets Press, 1968. 150 copies, numbered and signed, and 12 author's copies, hors commerce. The hors commerce copies were not numbered, but were designated with a star. photo

THE SERMONS OF JEAN HARLOW AND THE CURSES OF BILLY THE KID. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation with Dave Haselwood Books, 1968. 1200 copies in wrappers; 50 hardbound copies signed by the author.

MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT. Los Angeles: Love Press, 1968. Wrappers. 150 copies, of which 63 were numbered & signed by the author.

GRAHHR APRIL GRHARRR APRIL. [Buffalo: Gallery Upstairs Press, 1968.] Poster. A poem, reproduced from holograph & printed in fucshia ink against a background of a photograph of two lions roaring at the sea.

[CHILDHOOD MEMORIES ARE LIKE THE SMALLNESS. [London: Cape Goliard Press, 1968]. Broadside.

HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & DARK BROWN. London: Cape Goliard, 1969. Two early books presented in one volume, bound t�te b�che (back-to-back). Hardcover & wrappers.

LITTLE ODES AND THE RAPTORS. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969. 1000 trade copies in wrappers; 200 hardbound copies numbered & signed; 26 hardbound copies lettered & signed. photo

THE SURGE. Columbus, OH: Frontier Press, 1969. Wrappers. photo

LION FIGHT. New York: Pierrepont Press, 1969. A deck of cards. 330 copies, all signed by the author: 300 numbered, 26 lettered, and 4 copies hors commerce. A total of 28 cards including the cover, half-title, title page, deck of 24 cards, colophon. The cards are in a hinged plastic box, which is in a cream-colored silk drawstring bag with a white satin cord.

GHOST TANTRAS. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969. Wrappers. Preceded by the privately published edition, 1964. photo

PLANE POMES. New York: Phoenix Book Shop, 1969. 100 numbered and signed copies; 26 lettered and signed copies. Wrappers.

THE SHELL. London: Cape Goliard, 1969. Broadside in tube. A broadside, 25 cm in length, rolled & inserted into a tube which is tied with a ribbon. 300 numbered copies, the first 50 are signed by the author.

MUSCLED APPLE SWIFT. Sacramento: Runcible Spoon, [1969]. Wrappers. 350 copies. Though the pubisher calls this a 'pirate edition,' it was published with the author's blessing. Originally published in 1968 by Love Press.

TO JAMES B. RECTOR. [San Francisco: Privately Published, 1969]. Broadside. Total number published unknown; 30 copies were signed and numbered.

LIBERATION. Oakland: Mills College Tape Music Center, 1969. Broadside, issued in a large bag labeled "Free," along with 8 broadsides by other contributors. photo

ROSE MUSK ROSE AMBER. San Francisco: The Flash, A Scent Store, [1969].

POISONED WHEAT. [Vineyard Haven, MA]: Not Guilty Press, 1969. Wrappers. A pirated edition, limited to 50 copies.

STAR. New York: Grove Press, 1970. Hardcover & wrappers.

THE MAD CUB. New York: Bantam, 1970. Wrappers. photo

THE CHERUB. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1970. 250 numbered and signed copies, and 26 lettered, signed copies with a drawing by the author. photo

CARDS. San Francisco: Bruce Conner, 1970-1971. This is the second edition of LOBE KEY STILLED LIONMAN LACED WINGED APRIL RAPHAEL DANCE WIRY (see above). The cards are much larger, and are in a hinged cloth-covered case printed "CARDS."

THE ADEPT. New York: Delacorte, 1971. Hardcover. photo

GARGOYLE CARTOONS. New York: Delacorte, 1971. Hardcover & wrappers. photo

CROSS SECTION. Lawrence, KS: Cottonwood Review, 1971. Broadside. Issued for a reading. 10.22.71.

ESSAY ON THE MEDIA. [n.p.; n.p., ca. 1971]. Broadside.

THE MAMMALS. San Francisco: Cranium Press, 1972. Wrappers. photo

A SPIRIT OF MT. TAMALPAIS. [San Francisco]: Book People, 1972. Broadside.

GORF AND THE BLIND DYKE (THE PURPLE HERO CYCLE). [San Francisco: Privately Published], 1972. Comb-bound in wrappers. 20 copies, all signed.

KOMOS. [San Francisco: privately published, ca. 1972.] A folded card.

99 THESES. Lawrence, KS: Tansy /Wakarusa Press, 1972. Broadside.

WOLF NET PART ONE. London: Bonefold Imprint, [1972]. Wrappers. 500 copies printed, pirated from the June 1971 issue of Clear Creek. photo

TRIP: FOR JOANNA. [n.p: n.p.], 1972. Broadside. Published for a reading on 05.12.72.

RARE ANGEL ((WRIT WITH RAVEN'S BLOOD)). [San Francisco: Privately Published], 1973. Comb-bound in wrappers. 20 copies, all signed.

THE BOOK OF JOANNA. Berkeley: Sand Dollar, 1973. 400 trade copies, and 50 numbered & signed copies. photo

91 WORDS FOR JOANNA. [Berkeley: Sand Dollar, 1973]. Broadside. photo

IS THE INSTANT SO COMPLEX? Berkeley: Arif Press, 1973. Broadside. 50 copies.

SOLSTICE BLOSSOM. Berkeley: Arif Press, 1973. 100 signed coies, not for sale; 30 signed copies with a watercolor by Welsey Tanner, for sale.

TRANSFIGURATION. Cambridge: Pomegranate Press, 1973. broadside. 250 copies, signed and numbered.

GEORGE HERMS: SELECTED WORKS. Davis, CA: University of California, 1973. An essay, in the catalogue for an exhibition of Herms' work. The book also contains an essay by Robert Duncan.

A FIST FULL (1956-1957). Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1974. Wrappers, published as Sparrow 16. photo

FLEAS 189-195. New York: Aloe Editions, 1974. Wrappers. 150 copies, all signed: 124 numbered copies; 26 lettered copies reserved for the poet & publisher. photo

SEPTEMBER BLACKBERRIES. [San Francisco: Privately Published, 1974]. Comb-bound, in wrappers. 20 copies.

SEPTEMBER BLACKBERRIES. New York: New Directions, 1974. Hardcover and wrappers. photo

HAIL THEE WHO PLAY. Berkeley: Sand Dollar, 1974. 700 copies in wrappers, of which 100 specially bound copies were hors commerce. photo

RARE ANGEL. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1974. Trade issue in wrappers, and 200 numbered, signed, and hardbound, and 26 lettered, signed, and hardbound with an original drawing by the author. photo

ON ORGANISM. Canton, NY: Institute for Further Studies, 1974. Wrappers. Published as Curriculum of the Soul No. 24. photo

THE DERBY. [San Francisco: Privately Published], 1974. Comb-bound in wrappers. 20 copies.

MIND / BODY SPLIT. [Oakland]: Archer Press, [ca.1974]. Illustrated by Charles Gill.

FLEA 100. New York: Frank Hallman, 1975. A folded card. 150 copies. photo

JAGUAR SKIES. New York: New Directions, 1975. Hardcover & wrappers. photo

MAN OF MODERATION. New York: Frank Hallman, 1975. 400 copies in wrappers; 100 hardbound copies numbered & signed. photo

THE WRITER'S FORUM. . Brockport, NY: State University College at Brockport, 1975. Folded card. A broadside issued for a reading on 03.04.75, containing a poem, "Finally," previously published in September Blackberries. An unknown number were published; 6 copies numbered & numbered, and marked "Editione Speziale" in the author's hand.

GORF, OR GORF AND THE BLIND DYKE. New York: New Directions, 1976. Hardcover & wrappers. photo

AH YES. Poythress Press, 1976. Broadside.

ANTECHAMBER. Berkeley: Poythress Press, 1977. Wrappers. 56 copies.

POLITICS STARTS WITH THE BARREL OF A GUN. Oakland: Archer Press, 1977. Poster-sized broadside, published in a portfolio entitled FIVE / I / '77, a collection of five broadsides which also included work by Philip Whalen, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, and Gregory Corso.

[LOVE ME FOR THE FOOL] California, PA: the unspeakable visions of the individual, 1976. Postcard. This poem was later published in Antechamber as "Borrowed Feet."

THE GRABBING OF THE FAIRY. St. Paul, MN: Truck Press, 1978. 900 trade copies; 100 casebound, numbered, and signed; 26 hardbound, lettered and signed, with a drawing by the author. photo

ANTECHAMBER. New York: New Directions, 1978. Wrappers. photo

FRAGMENTS OF PERSEUS. New York: Jordan Davies, 1978. 200 signed copies. photo

LETTER. New York: Jordan Davies, 1978. A folded card in envelope.

FORTUNE...BREAKS THE PATE OF FAITH.... St. Paul: The Fish in the Sky / Bookslinger, 1979. 100 copies.

SONG. [n.p.: Bob Giorgio], 1979. Poster-sized broadside, featuring a poem by Michael McClure & illustrated by Bob Giorgio. 50 copies, all signed by both poet & artist. "Picture Poem II."

THE RAINS OF FEBRUARY. [n.p.: Bob Giorgio], 1979. Poster-sized broadside, featuring a poem by Michael McClure & illustrated by Bob Giorgio. 50 copies, all signed by both poet & artist. "Picture Poem X."

THE RED SNAKE. [San Francisco: Privately Published], 1979. Wrappers. 26 copies, lettered and signed by the author.

JOSEPHINE THE MOUSE SINGER. New York: New Directions, 1980. Wrappers.

HYMNS TO ST. GERYON & DARK BROWN. San Francisco: Grey Fox Press, 1980. Wrappers. photo

THE VELVET EDGE. [San Francisco: Privately Published, ca. 1980]. Wrappers. 26 copies, lettered and signed by the author.

THE CHARLES OLSON MEMORIAL LECTURES. Buffalo: The State University of New York, 1980. Folded card; includes a poem beginning "LET ENERGY FLOW THROUGH THE SYSTEM."

LITTLE ODE. [New York]: Jennifer Melby & Jordan Davies, 1980. Folded card in envelope.

SEASONS. with Joanna McClure & Wesley Tanner. Berkeley: Arif Press, 1981. 170 copies. Poems by Michael McClure & Joanna McClure; illustration by Wesley Tanner. photo

EXTRACT FROM SCRATCHING THE BEAT SURFACE. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. Wrappers. An excerpt from the forthcoming book.

SCRATCHING THE BEAT SURFACE. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1982. Hardcover & wrappers. Illustrated by Larry Keenan. photo

DOTS OF CREATION. [New York: Jordan Davies], 1982. Broadside.

THE BOOK OF BENJAMIN. Berkeley: Arif Press, 1982. with Wesley Tanner. 125 copies. Hardcover.

GENERAL GORGEOUS. New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc, 1982. Wrappers.

FRAGMENTS OF PERSEUS. New York: New Directions, 1983. wrappers. photo

BIG LIPS. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1983. Broadside, published in 1983 PORTFOLIO, a collection including broadside poems by 9 poets.

ISAMU NOGUCHI AT GEMINI, 1982-1983. Los Angeles: Gemini G.E.L., 1983. Wrappers. Michael McClure wrote the text, an essay entitled "Noguchi Notes," for this exhibition catalogue.

INTERPENETRATION. Vancouver: Slug Press, 1984. Broadside. 175 copies.

THE DAILY VISION. [San Francisco: Privately Published, ca. 1984]. Wrappers. 100 copies: 74 unsigned; 26 lettered and signed by the author.

ON THE MOUNTAIN IS A CITY OF FOXES. Burnaby, B.C.: Simon Fraser University, 1984. Postcard. A poem taken from one of the poet's notebooks, and reproduced in holograph on this large postcard.

THE BEARD & VKTMS. New York: Grove Press, 1985. Simultaneously issued in hardcover & wrappers. photo

SPECKS. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1985. Wrappers. photo

FLEAS. Berkeley: [Privately Published], 1985. Wrappers. 100 copies: 75 copies in wrappers; 25 hardbound copies numbered and signed by the poet.

SELECTED POEMS. New York: New Directions, 1986. Simultaneously issued in hardcover and wrappers. photo

GLOAMING. Berkeley: Black Oak Books, 1986. Broadside. Published for the poet's reading at Black Oak Books in March 1986.

THE STITCHING. Santa Barbara: Table Top Press, 1986. 100 copies numbered and signed by the author.

A PERSONAL POEM (FOR SOME WISE PAINTERS: JAY, BRUCE, GEORGE, WALLY). San Francisco: Gallery Paule Anglim, 1986. Folded card, an announcement for an exhibition of work, "Sight Vision," by Bruce Conner, Jay De Feo, Wally Hedrick and Gorge Herms, which includes a poem by Michael McClure.

ON CORK MARCHESCHI. San Francisco: Vorpal Gallery, 1987. Folded brochure, an announcement for an exhibition by the sculptor Cork Marcheschi. Includes Michael McClure's essay on the artist's work.

BERKELEY SONG. Berkeley: Moe's Books, 1988. Broadside.

AND I AM STILL LEARNING THE SHAPE OF THE LOVELY BOSOM. Berkeley: Arif Press, 1989. Broadside. 50 copies.

REBEL LIONS. New York: New Directions, 1991. Wrappers.

FRANCESCO CLEMENTE: TESTA CODA. New York: Gagosian Gallery / Rizzoli, 1991. Wrappers. The text of this exhibition catalogue is by Michael McClure, whose interview with Francesco Clemente also appears here.

ADVENTURES OF A NOVEL IN FOUR CHAPTERS. with Bruce Conner. [San Francisco]: Limetone Press, 1991.

SIMPLE EYES. New York: New Directions, 1992. wrappers. photo

RED CAGES. San Francisco: Blue Beetle Press, 1992. Wrappers. photo

RAIN HAIKU. Berkeley: Tangram, 1992. Folded card. 100 copies.

LIGHTING THE CORNERS. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993. Wrappers. Though the colophon mentions a signed limited edition, this never transpired. photo

WHAT CREVICES. [Berkeley]: Tangram, 1993. Wrappers. 190 copies.

LOVE LION VIDEO. with Ray Manzarek. New York: Mystic Fire Video, 1993. photo

LOVE LION CD. with Ray Manzarek. [n.p.] Shanachie, 1993. photo

ROBERT GRAHAM: EIGHT STATUES. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 1994. Wrappers. Text by Michael McClure.

SCRATCHING THE BEAT SURFACE. New York: Penguin Books, 1994. Wrappers. Illustrated by Larry Keenan. photo

3 POEMS. New York: Penguin Poets, 1995. Wrappers. Reprints DARK BROWN & RARE ANGEL and introduces a new poem, DOLPHIN SKULL. photo

LIE, SIT, STAND, BE STILL. with Robert Graham. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1995. 50 copies. A poem by Michael McClure with twenty-four lithographs by Robert Graham.

THE MAD CUB. New York: Blue Moon Books, 1995. Wrappers. photo

THE MAD CUB. New York: Book-of-the-Month Club, 1995. Wrappers.

SOUL CINDERS. Berkeley: The Bancroft Library Press, 1996. Wrappers. 45 copies.

NATHAN OLIVEIRA, RECENT PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER. San Francisco: John Berggman Gallery, 1997. Wrappers. The text is by Michael McClure.

HUGE DREAMS. New York: Penguin Poets, 1999. Wrappers. Reprints THE NEW BOOK / A BOOK OF TORTURE and STAR, along with the author's thoughts on the poems. photo

RAIN MIRROR. New York: New Directions, 1999. Wrappers. photo


RED ROARS. [Oakland: Privately Published, 1999]. Poster-sized broadside. 160 copies.

THE THIRD MIND. with Ray Manzarek. New York: Mystic Fire Video, 2000. Videotape.

THE MASKED CHOIR: A MASQUE IN THE SHAPE OF AN ENQUIRY INTO THE TREENA AND SHEENA MYTH. Kenosha, WI: Full Spectrum Editions / Light and Dust, 2000. Spiral Bound. photo

BIG DUMB ANIMAL STATES. [Oakland: Privately Published, 2000]. Poster-sized broadside. 170 copies.

THERE'S A WORD! with Ray Manzarek. [Oakland]: Rare Angel Music, 2001. CD. photo

PLUM STONES: CARTOONS OF NO HEAVEN. Oakland: O Books, 2002. Wrappers.<

MADAME SECRETARY. Berkeley: Tangram, 2002. A broadside. 150 copies.

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