Cher Maître

  • Miriam Nichols
Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)


Established in Vancouver by the mid-1970s, Blaser had become the “cher maître” for his friends and students at SFU. During this period, he met his life partner, David Farwell, and settled down with him. Much of his energy then went into his work. He embraced Canadian poetry with editions of poems by George Bowering and Louis Dudek, and produced some of his most scholarly work, notably “The Violets” on Olson and Alfred North Whitehead and “‘My Vocabulary Did This To Me,’” for the Spicer White Rabbit Symposium in 1986. His serial poem, Syntax, is dedicated to Farwell. This chapter follows Blaser through these projects and the “Turner Tour,” a trip through American art galleries financed by an antique shop find of a small J.M.W. Turner painting.

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  • Miriam Nichols
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  1. 1.University of the Fraser ValleyAbbotsfordCanada

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