Michael McClure

(b. 1932)

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Kansas-born author, long resident in San Francisco, with whose Beat movement he has been associated. His personal and passionate poetry includes Hymns to St. Geryon (1959), For Artaud (1959), Dark Brown (1961), September Blackberries (1974), and Fragments of Perseus (1983). Ghost Tantras (1964) is verse meant for oral presentation, moving toward his dramas, of which the best known is The Beard (1967), an erotic conversation between the symbolized figures of Jean Harlow and Billy the Kid, while Gorf (1976) is another intense fantasy play. Freewheelin Frank Secretary of the Angels (1969) is an account of the Hell's Angels motorcyclists. The Adept (1971) is a novel about a cocaine dealer. Scratching the Beat Surface (1982) prints essays.

Subjects: Literature.

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