A Tribute to Michael McClure

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Welcome to the Michael McClure tribute pages brought to you by Pacific Rim Review of Books and Ekstasis Editions.

Michael McClure was an award-winning American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. A key figure of the Beat Generation, McClure is immortalized as Pat McClear in Jack Kerouac’s novels Dharma Bums and Big Sur. He passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020.

His poetry offers a radical aesthetic that is original and profound. One of the readers at the legendary Six Gallery reading, McClure was an influential and inspired cultural presence in American literature for the past six decades. He participated in the ’60s counterculture alongside musicians like Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. His unique presence will be sorely missed.

This site features essays, reviews and ephemera from Pacific Rim Review of Books and other sources. See the links below.

"Michael McClure: The Everlasting Universe of Things"
Essay by John Olson

“An Introduction to Persian Pony
Essay by Paul Nelson

“Michael McClure: Pure Protestantism, Pure Poetry, Pure Rock ’n’ Roll”
Essay by Jack Foley

“The Meat Reason of the Last Beat: McClure’s Latihan”
Essay by Paul Nelson

“Intergalactic 80th Birthday Greetings for a Star”
Essay by James Edward Reid

“The McCluriad”
by Jack Foley

“The Meat Lab of Michael McClure” Mysteriosos & Other Poems
Review by Paul Nelson

“Michael McClure in Seattle”
Essay by Carol Ann Sokoloff

"Reorganizing Your Consciousness: McClure's Visionary Journey"
Review of Persian Pony by Jesse Boyes