• Miriam Nichols
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


This chapter introduces the reader to Robin Blaser (1925–2009) and to the literary contexts that define his life and work. Blaser came to his calling as a poet in postwar Berkeley, California, where he met Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer at the university. As he developed his art, he began to join a generation of poets retrospectively called the New Americans—particularly those gathered in Boston (John Wieners, Ed Marshall, Steve Jonas) and Black Mountain College (Charles Olson, Robert Creeley)—in the creation of a poetry “post the modern.” Blaser’s major themes include an articulation of the sacred in the secular and a homoerotics of poetic creativity; his writing practice is based on the serial poem (the lifelong poem always to be continued) and the poem as public space (a collage of voices).

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  • Miriam Nichols
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  1. 1.University of the Fraser ValleyAbbotsfordCanada

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