[Item #4937] Jaguar Skies. Michael McClure.
Jaguar Skies
Jaguar Skies
Jaguar Skies

Jaguar Skies

New York, NY: New Directions, 1975. First Edition. Softcover. "Poetry is a muscular principle--an athletic song or whisper of fleshly thought. We can be as serious as blue-black gloom or bright as a buttercup in the dawn. The spirit of poetry is loops we send out from the expanding helix of our lives. With poetry, we can meet an old perception on a mountain top or in a subway, or view a new perception loping in the distance like a wolf--or glimmering like an opal in the twilight." (from Author's Foreword). "Jaguar Skies" is the slim, albeit potent 1975 collection from Michael McClure (1932-2020), the great Beat Generation / First San Francisco Renaissance poet. Like "September Blackberries," -- in many ways the sibling, or companion title to the present work – “Jaguar Skies” is among the mid-1970s works his friend Allen Ginsberg thought representative of an entirely new era for the poet. Ginsberg considered both collections to be inflection points for McClure...further contending that Michael had finally attained technical mastery over his verse--something which, in Allen's estimation, had previously evaded him. Allen’s praise carried weight; friend or foe, he’d shoot straight when it came to poetry—the facts didn’t care about your feelings. The evidence bears this out, and as is proven by Allen's use of both books as teaching material for the first few graduating classes of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics / Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. With the ringing, cherubic, choir-like approval of a Ginsberg Endorsement, the potentially-curious Beat-&-Beyonder cannot go wrong with "Jaguar Skies." [ISBN: 0-2112-0579-7]. Book in very fine condition with only minute shelf-wear to fine-edges; faintest rubbing, toning at back cover along left-&-bottommost fine-edges. Very Fine. [Item #4937]

Price: $20.00