By Robin Blaser, Miriam Nichols
In the corporate of a small staff of buddies and writers in 1974, Blaser was once requested to relate his own tale and to touch upon the Berkeley poetry scene. In twenty autobiographical audiotapes, Blaser talks approximately his youth in Idaho, his time in Berkeley, and his participation within the making of a brand new form of poetry. The Astonishment Tapes is the expertly edited transcript of those recordings by way of Miriam Nichols, Blaser’s editor and biographer.
In The Astonishment Tapes Blaser reviews greatly at the poetic rules that he, Duncan, and Spicer labored via, in addition to the diversities and dissonances among the 3 of them. Nichols has edited the transcripts merely minimally, permitting readers to make their very own interpretations of Blaser’s intentions.
Sometimes gossipy, occasionally profound, Blaser bargains his model at the within tale of 1 of the main major moments in mid-twentieth century American poetry. The Astonishment Tapes is of substantial price and curiosity, not just to readers of Blaser, Duncan, and Spicer, but additionally to students of the early postmodern and twentieth-century American poetry.
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Robin Blaser moved from his local Idaho to wait the college of California, Berkeley, in 1944. whereas there, he built as a poet, explored his homosexuality, engaged in a full of life arts group, and met fellow tourists and poets Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer. the 3 males grew to become the founding individuals of the Berkeley middle of what's referred to now because the San Francisco Renaissance in New American Poetry.
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Then there was the other telegrapher in another little cottage. All of these were little railroad cars that’d been set aside. Then there was a rather grand two-story building built between the two sets of railroad tracks. That was where the telegraph office was, the freight office. There was no freight in Orchard because there were only twenty-two people there. There was a post office, and then there was a place for the section men to live—what do you call them? Daphne: Bunkhouse? Robin: Bunkhouse.
Even now tears come and you know, I must have been a good little boy because there was no disappointment over the missing electric train. Warren: Over the fact that it wasn’t electric. Robin: It’s lost. We kept it because it was just a masterpiece of folk art, and I saw it last when I was seventeen, I think, when I left home, and it’s just disappeared. . Warren: That grandfather did that for you. Robin: That’s the step-grandfather, yeah. He was the one that rapped on the door to let me hear Richelieu and did all the kooky stuff.
But my grandmother had a relationship, this is my maternal grandmother, a relationship to snakes and spiders that was, to say the least, intimate. We had a cellar where you kept all the old-fashioned stuff. You had hams, you had potatoes, turnips, all the things, Martina, you were describing—the hole in the ground where you put the things so they would keep longer. I think the turnips went in the hole in the ground—the apple smell and so on. But when you went down the steps, and only my grandmother would go down there—no one else in the house would because it was full of bull snakes and spiders—and she would go down the steps, and of course the bull snake was perfect because there wouldn’t be a rattler within miles of those bull snakes, but then she never explained it that way.
The astonishment tapes : talks on poetry and autobiography with Robin Blaser and friends by Robin Blaser, Miriam Nichols