Raised in Chicago, Kenneth Rexroth moved to San Francisco in his late twenties and became a crucial voice in that city’s burgeoning literary scene. He was master of ceremonies at the reading at which Allen Ginsberg debuted "Howl" and was a defense witness in the subsequent obscenity trial. Rexroth was loosely associated with Louis Zukofsky’s "objectivist" movement, and in California he combined his plain sense of words with a perception of nature that was inflected by Asian poetry and philosophy. Rexroth, along with poets like Robert Bly and Gary Snyder, helped bring foreign influences—especially Asian and Scandinavian poetry—into American writing. The Asian influence in Rexroth’s poems is evident in such lines as "At the edge of the meadow. / Snows of a thousand winters / Melt in the sun of one summer." These adaptations helped rejuvenate the romantic tradition in American poetry.