Saturday, April 03, 2004
Really lovely portrait of San Francisco poet Michael McClure, taken by Harry Redl in 1958.
I first saw this photo during one of the summers I was working in DC. It was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, along with a whole series of similarly beautiful portraits of the beat poets. I went back to the gallery again and again trying to see the late fifties in McClure's eyes. I remember a beautiful picture of the young Bill Burroughs in that exhibition, too.
Also, are those boxer boots?