Pell Mell Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889103399
Pages: 120
Pub. Date: January 1 1988
Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 0.375"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Non-Fiction / LAN005070

  • POETRY / Canadian
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Writing / Poetry

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Pell Mell

By Robin Blaser

Pell Mell, the middle voice, the syntax meeting its astonishments in its forward stride looking backwards, imagining an image nation where the heart is always torn—to pieces possessed by the other(s). A book so sure of itself that Blaser can begin, after the act of said-and-done, a series called Great Companions. Lesser poets might, and have, called them “masters.” But only because they lack Robin Blaser’s insistence on the audacious ever-present. A scatter of pearls for Aphrodite, and a lovely place to enter Blaser’s life work, The Holy Forest. As to the plot, Blaser himself has said:

“These poems follow a principle of randonnée —the random and the given of the hunt, the game, the tour. Thus, randonnée is another title of this book, written, so to speak, in invisible ink. These poems are also a further movement in one long work that I call The Holy Forest, though that need not trouble the reader before the forest is full grown. Poems called Image-Nations come and go throughout, never to become a complete nation. And Great Companions of the art of poetry, a series which begins to gather here with Pindar and Robert Duncan, will continue until their voices close The Holy Forest. That’s the plot.”

“Robin Blaser became a source for poetry’s authority beyond any simplifying place or time.”
—Robert Creeley