Jacob, John, ed. “Symposium on Michael McClure.” Margins 18 (1975). This special issue is entirely devoted to analysis and discussion of McClure.
Pekar, Harvey, et al. The Beats: A Graphic History. Art by Ed Piskor et al. New York: Hill and Wang, 2009. Comic legend Harvey Pekar provides a history of the Beat poets in this graphic book. Contains an entry on and references to McClure.
Phillips, Rod. “Let Us Throw Out the Word Man: Michael McClure’s Mammalian Poetics.” In“Forest Beatniks” and “Urban Thoreaus”: Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Lew Welch, and Michael McClure. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. Philips emphasizes McClure’s fascination with nature and his combining of poetry with ideas in biology and ecology.
_______. Michael McClure. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 2003. A biography of McClure that looks at his place in the Beat generation and in the poetry scene in California.
Stephenson, Gregory. “From the Substrate: Notes on the Work of Michael McClure.” In The Daybreak Boys: Essays on the Literature of the Beat Generation. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1990. Stephenson provides a clear and thorough survey of McClure’s writings, appreciating McClure’s effort to heal humankind, to reconcile body and spirit, and to develop harmonious coexistence with the environment.
Thurley, Geoffrey. “The Development of the New Language: Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, and Gregory Corso.” In The Beats: Essays in Criticism, edited by Lee Bartlett. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1981. Thurley examines McClure as a poet experimenting with hallucinogens, especially in “Peyote Poem,” but expresses reservations about the validity of McClure’s triumphs in perception while under the influence of narcotic substances.
Watson, Steven. “Michael McClure.” In The Birth of the Beat Generation. New York: Pantheon, 1995. Watson provides a sketch of McClure’s youth, education, and career, with recognition for McClure’s interdisciplinary role among the Beats and his dedication to science and the environment.