By Robin Blaser,Miriam Nichols
In the corporate of a small crew of associates and writers in 1974, Blaser used to be requested to relate his own tale and to touch upon the Berkeley poetry scene. In twenty autobiographical audiotapes, Blaser talks approximately his early life 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 via Miriam Nichols, Blaser’ s editor and biographer.
In The Astonishment Tapes Blaser reviews greatly at the poetic ideas 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 bargains 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 worth and curiosity, not just to readers of Blaser, Duncan, and Spicer, but additionally to students of the early postmodern and twentieth-century American poetry.