[Item #6258] The Moth Poem. Robin Blaser.
The Moth Poem
The Moth Poem
The Moth Poem

The Moth Poem

San Francisco, CA: Open Space, 1965. Second Edition. Softcover. Offered here is the demonstrably “projective” 1964 poem-sequence-in-chapbook-form by Robin Blaser, “The Moth Poem.” Blaser was born in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1925: a near-direct contemporary of Beat Generation “Founders” like Allen Ginsberg, who was born in Paterson, NJ the following year. Unlike Ginsberg, however, Blaser formed key, early professional acquaintances with West Coast mavens of the San Francisco Renaissance; befriending figures like Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan — two of that movement’s geographically-situated, marquee elites. Along with Spicer and Duncan, Blaser is credited with “helping spark the Berkeley Poetry Renaissance in the 1940s,” a social-&-poetical harbinger of the San Francisco scene. The verses in this chapbook “ache and creak like planks,” — (as Your Devoted Managing Curator once said of the metaphors in F.W. Murnau’s German Expressionist classic, “The Last Laugh”) — and this effect, of course, is purposeful. Blaser is something of an underappreciated stylistic connector between the West Coast Beat modality of composition and the “school” of poetics associated with the literary-critical and methodological innovations of Charles Olson and Robert Creeley. Uniquely, this volume marks the very point at which that association with Creeley and Olson surges and results in something of a reconstitution: for it was during 1965 that Blaser first met the both of them, “with whom he later worked closely” (Poetry Foundation). This volume therefore constitutes a demarcation or inflection point in Blaser’s life and work, both: and the poems richly reflect this. From the collection of scholar, artist and our dear friend Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with the late, great John Sinclair [1941-2024]) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop. Softcover in stapled wrappers: the comparatively rarer Second Edition “of three hundred copies, with new endpapers designed for this printing by the author, published May 1965.” In strong near fine condition with only mild-to-enunciated shelf-wear, light bumping, creasing, & related faint edge-wear to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; moderate-to-enunciated age-toning throughout, with some exhibits of spotting and foxing variously present at interior & exterior, though all generally quite mild; lastly, what appears to be a common production “flaw” (of glue residue at back of the volume where the aforementioned endpapers were inserted) is also present, but this on-the-fly Mimeo production fix is actually quite charming when one contextualizes it alongside other Small Press innovations and struggles native to the Mimeo-&-Small-Press-Revolution’s “historical moment.”. Near Fine. [Item #6258]

Price: $45.00