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Michael McClure Biography (1932-)
Addresses: Home: 264 Downey Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117; Office:California College of Arts and Crafts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94618; Agent: Helen Merrill, 337 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011.
"Beginning with The Beard, McClure's plays have stirred controversy and elicited sometimes extreme reactions. The Beard has been calleda 'classic', but it was closed by the Los Angeles police at fourteenperformances. In addition to his plays and poetry. McClure has published essays and articles on topics ranging from art and censorship to liberation; hissong, 'Mercedes-Benz,' was made popular by the late Janis Joplin. Hedescribes himself as a 'mammal patriot' and is dedicated to the survival of the environment. He believes biology can improve our understanding oflife and of poetry and literature."
- poet, playwright, educator
- Birth Details
- October 20, 1932
- Marysville, Kansas
The Blossom, Poets Theatre, NY, 1960; The Beard, Evergreen,NY, 1967, Royal Court, London, England, 1968; Gargoyle Cartoons, 1970; General Gorgeous, A.C.T. San Francisco, 1974, Yale Repertory, New Haven, CT, 1975; Gorf, 1975; The Grabbing of the Fairy, 1978; The Mammals (three plays), 1978; Josephine the Mouse Singer, 1980;The Red Snake, 1982.
Books of Poetry
Hymns to St. Geryon, 1959; Dark Brown, 1961; The New Book, 1961; Ghost Tantras, 1964; Little Odes, 1967; Star, 1970; Rare Angel, 1974; September Blackberries, 1974; Jaguar Skies, 1975; Antechamber, 1981.
Meat Science Essays, 1963; Freewheelin Frank, Secretary of theAngels--as told to Michael McClure, 1969; The Mad Cub, 1970; The Adept, 1971; Hail Thee Who Play, 1974.
- Professor, Humanities and Sciences, California College of Arts and Crafts, 1962-present; Poetry readings and lecturer U.S. and abroad, 1955-present.