San Francisco: The Artist of the Beautiful
Blaser returned to San Francisco in 1960, supporting himself again with library work. Over his six years there, he developed his version of the serial poem in pieces like Cups and The Moth Poem, and pursued his love of the visual arts by opening the Peacock Gallery. A quarrel with Duncan over the poetics of translation, however, caused a serious rift in the friendship. During this time, Blaser also met the poet Stan Persky and left Jim Felts to live with him. When Spicer died in 1965, Blaser was estranged from Duncan and disillusioned with the scene; offered a teaching position in Vancouver, he took it. This chapter follows him through the San Francisco poetry wars, the Persky affair, the Peacock Gallery, and the writing of the early serials.