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The author of the book: Michael McClure
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 389 KB
Edition: Shambhala
Date of issue: April 6th 1999
ISBN: 1570624402
ISBN 13: 9781570624407

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The Bay area poet Michael McClure first came to prominence in the Beat era. This book, subtitled “Dharma Devotions from the Hummingbird Sangha” consists of 99 poems split into three sections of 33 poems. McClure’s attention to aesthetic beauty is well-realized in the poems’ form: uncluttered; vertically oriented with a frequent use of all-capitalized words; and centered at the page, sometimes directly dropping down and sometimes drifting slightly askew, as if blown by the wind. In terms of content, the Buddhist influence that has informed McClure’s latest work is clear. The poems are loaded with natural imagery, especially a plethora of types of birds and flowers, as well as other Eastern images such as bells, incense, dragons…yet McClure is careful not to exclude man-made objects either, emphasizing the co-existence of these elements. Reinforcing this holistic view, he employs a frequent use of paradox, contrast, and negation to suggest that the world of the illusory and the immaterial exists on an equal plane with ‘reality’: “It’s all flying apart and coming together,” “motionless wine in a moving flagon,” “Thoughts twine around nothingness,” “Ever and ever is nothing maybe,” “The content of the enlightenment is everywhere, nowhere,” “hear imagined echoes of imagined roaring,” “I was whoever,” “delusion resting on real insubstantiality.” Another Buddhist theme is that of recycling: key words and phrases repeat throughout the poems (e.g., hummingbird, blossom, mountain, fog, delusion, lion, throne), and are ‘reincarnated’ in a manner by subtle changes in their associated words. My favorites of these repeated phrases are “the calico cat [kitten] sleeps [slides, snores]” and “Manjushri’s snow lion roars [coughs] as the [flame-]sword swings.” My enjoyment of this book has increased with each read. As McClure writes: “This may be delusion…but it shines." (originally written May 23, 2008)

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Ebook Touching the Edge read Online! Michael McClure (born October 20, 1932 in Marysville, Kansas) is an American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist. After moving to San Francisco as a young man, he found fame as one of the five poets (including Allen Ginsberg) who read at the famous San Francisco Six Gallery reading in 1955 rendered in barely fictionalized terms in Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums. He soon became a key member of the Beat Generation and is immortalized as "Pat McLear" in Kerouac's Big Sur.


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