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Simple eyes & other poems

Author: Michael McClure
Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub., 1994.
Series: New Directions paperbook, 780
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The running theme in Michael McClure's Simple Eyes & Other Poems is: looking at the world directly. The results are often as disquieting as they are illuminating, whether he directs his unblinking gaze on the American cityscape, the landscapes of Mexico and Kenya, or the mind's own terrain. In the long title poem, "Simple Eyes (Fields)," the stanzas on the Persian Gulf War bloom out of images of all wars the poet  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael McClure
ISBN: 0811212653 9780811212656
OCLC Number: 29518166
Description: viii, 134 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Spirit's Desperado --
Cream Hidden --
The Last Waltz --
Old Warhols --
Writing to You from Seattle --
Mexico Seen from the Moving Car --
The Butterfly --
Quetzalcoatl Song --
Reading Frank O'Hara in a Mexican Rainstorm --
Mirroring Flame in the Fireplace --
Foreword --
Fields 1-9 --
A --
B --
Fields 10-13 --
The Foam --
Grieved Skull --
Edge Chunk --
Summer Hummingbird --
Hotel Santa Monica --
Haiku of the Hunt --
Brain Damage --
Lies! --
Gorgeousness --
To Robert Creeley (One) --
To Robert Creeley (Two) --
Haikus --
Through the Bars --
Spontaneous Poem Beginning with Lines from the Tao Te Ching --
Senate Hearings --
The Cheetah --
Old Eyes --
Near Mount Kenya --
Thoughts on Travel and Art --
At Noon by the Red-Brown River --
Christmas Morning in Samburu --
Leaving the Fairview Hotel --
American Dream --
Cowboy --
Moment's Muse --
Red Cages --
Boulder Hill.
Series Title: New Directions paperbook, 780
Other Titles: Simple eyes and other poems
Responsibility: Michael McClure.

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The running theme in Michael McClure's Simple Eyes & Other Poems is: looking at the world directly. The results are often as disquieting as they are illuminating, whether he directs his unblinking gaze on the American cityscape, the landscapes of Mexico and Kenya, or the mind's own terrain. In the long title poem, "Simple Eyes (Fields)," the stanzas on the Persian Gulf War bloom out of images of all wars the poet has known - "the spiritual wars, the napalm and cordite and nuclear wars, and the war against nature"--And become a kind of spiritual autobiography. At the heart of the poetry is McClure's return to the ancient concept of agnosia, the idea of knowing through unknowing, as a way of living in desperate times, in which deep human or humane feelings have almost become outlaw. Simple Eyes is an outspoken poet's statement, unsentimental, yet with mind and eye quickened by love.

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