cover imagePoetry lovers, take note: Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure will be reading from his new collection of poems, Of Indigo and Saffron, at City Lights Books on Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. One of the five poets who heralded the Beat movement in the 1955 Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, McClure reveals in his poetry a close kinship to Romanticism, Modernism, Surrealism, and Japanese haiku. To study up before the reading, take a look at Steven Fama’s blog entry, 17 Reasons Why…I Love the Work of Michael McClure!, which includes excerpts from McClure’s poetry, artwork from his early books, and colorful stories from his unconventional career.

McClure read at UC Berkeley in 2008 as part of the 2008 Holloway Series in Poetry. Watch the video below: