American Sentence # 25

June 21, 2008

Flea Market Sale: someone else’s memories individually wrapped.

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The Rains Of February by Michael McClure

June 21, 2008

Read the poem HERE.

“As mammals, what is our most important duty on this third stone from the sun? To preserve inspiration and imagination, and to remember that Diane di Prima said:
THE ONLY WAR THAT MATTERS IS THE WAR AGAINST THE IMAGINATION!”
Michael McClure

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 immortalised as “Pat McLear” in Kerouac’s Big Sur.