A Literalist

By Robin Blaser 1925–2009 Robin Blaser
the root and mirror
of a plant
               its shape
and power familiar

the light is disturbed by
the boxwood leaves
green, unblossoming
(the earth is too damp)

the eye catches
almost a tune

the moth in the piano
the air rings with

an earlier un
ease of the senses
disturbed ( by Mrs. Arpan,
wife of a sailor

Robin Blaser, “A Literalist” from The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser. Copyright © 2006 by Robin Blaser.  Reprinted by permission of University of California Press.

Source: The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser (University of California Press, 2006)

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Poet Robin Blaser 1925–2009


Subjects Activities, Gardening, Nature, Trees & Flowers

 Robin  Blaser


Born in Denver and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, poet, editor, and essayist Robin Blaser was educated at the University of California-Berkeley. With poets Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, he helped spark the Berkeley Poetry Renaissance in the 1940s that preceded the San Francisco poetry renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1965, Blaser met Robert Creeley and Charles Olson, with whom he later worked closely. Miriam Nichols, editor . . .

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