Michael McClure & Ray Manzarek
Michael McClure

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!

City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue @ Broadway in San Francisco's North Beach.

GHOST TANTRAS published by City Lights

Ghost Tantras by Michael McClure 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.

Purchase Ghost Tantras here.



A collaboration between Ray Manzarek and Michael McClure, this live performance, recorded at an old church, features both new and older poems, with McClure's words and Manzarek's jazz piano.

On a cold, foggy night in San Francisco after a great Japanese meal, Manzarek and I stepped onto the stage and there were sparks of consciousness - the stage was on fire with poems and piano Improvisations. The symbiosis and the synergy made lights. Then Larry Kassin stepped up to join us with his jazz flute and Lou Judson was recording.

This is a live album with its heart still beating - no tricks, gimmicks, or second takes. We are bringing together my poetry and Ray's improvisations that shape my word-sounds into richer meanings: Piano Poems.

There's no way to be without a politics or an antipolitics, no way to be without art, without anger and generosity, without laughter and kindness.

That's the edge we're whetting on this album.

— Michael McClure

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco was released on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. It's available both as a CD and as an MP3 download. See below for a link to listen to tracks.

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco - CD (at Oglio Records)

The Piano Poems: Live From San Francisco - Listen to tracks / Buy MP3 or CD (Amazon)

Piano Poems: Live from San Francisco - MP3 (on iTunes)

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