Vancouver in the Sixties: Context as Explanation
Blaser and Persky arrived in Vancouver in 1966, Blaser to take up a position at the newly opened Simon Fraser University. Over the next decade, Blaser wrote his most self-defining essays on poetics, including “Particles,” an essay on poetry and politics. He also edited Spicer’s Collected Books and wrote “The Practice of Outside” for it, contextualizing Spicer in then-current literary theories. This chapter tracks the Vancouver art and poetry scene in the 1960s and 1970s; Blaser’s teaching methods and contributions to SFU; his major works of the period, including Image-Nation 1-12 and the Stadium of the Mirror; his editorship of Pacific Nation, his own literary magazine; his account of Olson’s death in 1970; and his unsettled personal life after a break-up with Persky.