The Stories

By Robin Blaser 1925–2009 Robin Blaser
our suppers stunned on the table
hold radios
flasks of sound,
                        sharp intensities
bottled up for a time

I taste your imagination, authors,
and place it among cotton trees
whose white stuff perches,

cousins of the air

if the manner could be political
the high walls protect against disgust

the lady of blue glass
                               joined by
Pierrot, a griffin,    papers, books,
the chilled correspondence,     and
another woman whose futurist shape
suggests lines of the wind

on my desk

to awaken
the traffic would have to run into the radio

Robin Blaser, “The Stories” 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 Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

 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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