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Vulture

A meditation on old age, death, and vultures.

Published posthumously in 1963.
Jeffers Literary Properties
Stanford University Press
Reading © 2017 Kaweah

IMAGE CREDITS

Condor 34 — Don Graham
Condor 11 — U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Kaweah — first five frames

Hurt Hawks

A brutally honest and boldly naive tribute to wounded hawks, inspired by a hawk that Robinson Jeffers and sons fed for weeks before the poet was finally compelled by sympathy to turn a gun on the bird.

© 1928 Robinson Jeffers
Jeffers Literary Properties
Stanford University Press

Reading © 2017 Kaweah

Whitewashing the Point

Robinson Jeffers’ depiction of the Central California Coast as a place populated by Anglo-American ranchers and a Hispanic underclass (some if not all indigenous Californians) seems probable enough, but Jeffers’ human landscape lacks the Asiatic tone of some of the key people of the coast. Tamar is a conspicuous example of this issue.

Shine, Perishing Republic

"There is the trap that catches noblest spirits,..."

Perhaps the earliest example of Jeffers' doctrine of "Inhumanism." It has the immediate sound of a political sermon, but quickly turns deeply apolitical.

© 1925 Robinson Jeffers
Jeffers Literary Properties
Stanford University Press
Reading © 2017 Kaweah

Gray Weather

The subjective influence of a gray day utterly changes the reality of the mind. Jeffers describes this not by describing the experience as subjective, but by describing the influence of the weather as objective fact.

@ 1935 Robinson Jeffers
Jeffers Literary Properties
Stanford University Press
Reading © 2017 Kaweah

Image: Honeyhouse Films

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