A Huge Companionship: Robin Blaser’s ‘Image-Nation’

  • Matthew Carbery
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


In this chapter, Carbery offers an account of the composition of Robin Blaser’s extended poetic project Image-Nations (1975–2007). Blaser’s poetics is informed not only by a serious engagement with the intersubjective phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty but also his reliance on the poetics’ of his close friends, and in particular Jack Spicer’s theory of ‘The Practice of Outside’. In articulating this, Carbery emphasises ‘companionability’, a term which brings together the social and the phenomenological in Blaser’s work. Through reading Blaser alongside Merleau-Ponty, Carbery consolidates recent critical work on Blaser whilst presenting his own cohesive argument that Blaser’s work relies on a phenomenological understanding of intersubjectivity, and in particular Merleau-Ponty’s notion of the ‘Chiasm’.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Carbery
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  1. 1.Plymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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