Last year City Lights published a new edition of McClure's 1964 Ghost Tantras. This early work of McClure's is composed in a partially invented vocabulary that he calls "best language" (guttaral, expressive), which brings to mind Khlebnikov's zaum "Incantation by Laughter" (McCure references Mayakovsky). McClure wanted to find a level of language that invoked our animality and the recordings he made with lions in 1964 and 1966 remain powerful poetic documents.
This mp3 is a 1964 reading of "Tantra" 49 from that book; the recording was made by Bruce Conner. (4:07): MP3 The better known video, also a reading of "Tantra" 49, is an excerpt from a 1966 episode of Richard O. Moore’s television series U.S.A. Poetry.
PennSound has located a rare sound recording of Tom Weathelry, reading in Grand Valley Michigan in July of 1971. (21;07): MP3 Weatherly reads the complete serial poem "MAUMAU AMERICAN CANTOS" for the first ten minutes of the reading (text here); after that he reads various poems, including “Lady Fox” from Thumprint but nothing else from that book or MAUMAU.
Tom Weatherly -- full texs of these powerful, brilliant, often volatile (and distressingly unacknowledged) books at Eclipse: MAUMAU AMERICAN CANTOS (Corinth Books, 1970, via Eclipse) Thumbprint (Telgraph Books, 1971, via Eclpise)