Alum Michael McClure: Driving the Beat Road Since 1950s

Thursday, July 06, 2017

MANKATO FREE PRESS/WASHINGTON POST -- Arriving in 1954 to study abstract expressionist art at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), McClure quickly transferred to San Francisco State to learn from Robert Duncan, a major influence on the area’s poetry renaissance. After the Six Gallery reading, he ascended into a rarefied stratum.

“What the Six Gallery really did was show us that there was an audience out there that really wanted to hear poetry off the page,” McClure continues, surrounded by overstuffed bookshelves and clay kiln-fired statues of spirit guides made by his wife, sculptor Amy Evans McClure. The decor reflects McClure's own obsessions with Asian, Native American and abstract art. “That night at the Six Gallery greatly inspired us to go ahead.”