Ghost Tantras  

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"Michael McClure's collection Ghost Tantras may represent the poet's most innovative and bizarre experimentation with language. The book includes 99 poems written using McClure's trademark “beast language,” an invented idiom based on the sounds of animals and divorced from normal human discourse, and yet still communicative on some deeper biological level."--Encyclopedia of Beat Literature (2010) by Kurt Hemmer

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Ghost Tantras (1964) is a collection of 99 poems by Michael McClure.

2013 blurb:

"Lion roars, detonated dada, and visceral emotional truths: McClure describes these tantras as “ceremonies to change the nature of reality.""

On beast language:

"McClure had first made use of beast language in 1960 when he had written a brief play , entitled !The Feast! , which was performed at San Francisco's Batman Gallery, partially in this invented idiom."--Michael McClure, page 22, Rod Phillips, 2003




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