Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems. MIchael McClure.
Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems
Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems

Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems

ISBN: 9780872868144
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 2021. First Edition. Softcover. "In this powerful collection of new poems, Michael McClure gives us a rare view into his thoughts about mortality, particularly in the moving sequence "Death Poems." Mule Kick Blues takes its title from a series of homages to blues musicians, and features shout-outs to lifelong friends, a long poem "Fragments of Narcissus," and the ecological and zen-infused themes for which McClure is well known. Composed during the last years of his life and readied for publication before his death in May 2020, Mule Kick Blues is a definitive statement by one of the most significant American poets of the twentieth century." (back cover) The final poetic testatment of Michael McClure (1932-2020), the great American poet & playwright who was a primary figure of the Beat Generation, San Francisco Renaissance, 1960s counterculture & beyond. With a poignant, insightful introduction by Garrett Caples, McClure's friend & editor, who also created the linocut artwork reproduced on front cover. Also with laudatory quotes by some of McClure's distinguished colleagues preceding title page & on back cover, including Anne Waldman who writes: "Like Zen poets of yore, MIchael McClure's tender satori consciousness cuts through the Dark Age with friendship, desire, psalms of the meat-wheel, pond-plants physics, and animal cries in spines of symmetry. It's a pulsing maelstrom." Trade-format softcover original, first edition published by City Lights Books, the legendary imprint of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021) who briefly outlived McClure & recently passed away at the age of 101. See also our many offerings of rare earlier McClure productions. The last, already collectible work of Michael McClure, a summing up of the life & work of a literary & cultural giant. In very fine, as-new condition with only a bit of rubbing to blank white areas of front cover; a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at lower corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #4359]

Price: $30.00