Robin Blaser moved from his local Idaho to wait the collage of California, Berkeley, in 1944. whereas there, he constructed 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 center of what's referred to now because the San Francisco Renaissance in New American Poetry.
In the corporate of a small staff of pals 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 adolescence in Idaho, his time in Berkeley, and his participation within the making of a brand new type of poetry. The Astonishment Tapes is the expertly edited transcript of those recordings through Miriam Nichols, Blaser’ s editor and biographer.
In The Astonishment Tapes Blaser reviews widely 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 basically minimally, permitting readers to make their very own interpretations of Blaser’ s intentions.
Sometimes gossipy, occasionally profound, Blaser deals his model at the inside of 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.