The Truth Is Laughter 10

By Robin Blaser 1925–2009 Robin Blaser
one should never play martyr
there are martyrs beyond you

one should never argue apocalypse
without your whole lifetime before
you, which is impossible

        Pushkin said, ‘my sadness
        is luminous’—this is
        his reason

Ralph flew to Bristol to see her
she said, ‘You’re not in touch with
he said, ‘Gee, that’s true,’
then later sent a telegram,
‘meet me in Jerusalem,’
since he was going

Robin Blaser, “The Truth Is Laughter 10” 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 Living, Disappointment & Failure, Relationships, Men & Women

 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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