Michael McClure in Victoria, Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00pm – February 9 at 11:00pm

Location Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria BC

753 View Street
Victoria, BC

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The Abstract Alchemist of Flesh, Films, February 8th at Merlin’s Sun
Reading February 9th at Hermann’s Jazz Club

Ekstasis Editions is delighted to announce the forthcoming visit of “beat poet” and award-winning playwright, Michael McClure. Mr. McClure will do a reading from his newest publication Indigo and Saffron: Selected and New Poems (University of California Press) and from the recent book of poems Mysteriosos (New Directio…ns) at 7:30 pm on Wed. February 9 at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, Victoria, BC.

At the age of 22, Michael McClure gave his first poetry reading at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Allen Ginsberg first read Howl. One of the last remaining Beat poets, Michael McClure was closely associated with both Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and appears as the character Pat McLear in Kerouac’s novel Big Sur. McClure also served as a poetry mentor to both Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison of ‘The Doors’ introducing these artists to the work of Rimbaud and Blake. He is featured in Scorcese’s film The Last Waltz. McClure’s songs include Janis Joplin’s beloved Mercedes Benz.

He’s also set for an 8pm Feb 11th reading at SFU Harbour Centre… (in Vancouver). He’ll screen the film Abstract Alchemist of Flesh Made Real at SFU Burnaby Mountain 2:00p the same day in Library…

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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