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Thoor Ballylee and the Tor Tower

To be carved on a Stone at Thoor Ballylee

I, the poet William Yeats,
With old mill boards and sea-green slates,
And smithy work from the Gort forge,
Restored this tower for my wife George;
And may these characters remain
When all is ruin once again.

Yeats restored an old Irish tower for his wife, and then
Jeffers built a stone tower for his.

Poets of Antrim

At the eleventh hour, Carolyn and I decided to drive down to Carmel on Saturday evening to catch "Coast to Coast: Two Poets from Ireland’s Glens of Antrim" in the parlor of the East Wing of Tor House. We were glad that we did. The evening featured the poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat. Mr. Dallat, also a musician and Jeffers scholar who attributes much influence to Robinson Jeffers on Irish poetry. My general opinion of Jeffers' poems of Ireland is that they are not his best work. They don't move me. That is of course a subjective assessment. Still, Mr.

Coast Section Likely to Have Floods

Perry Hill, United States forest ranger, who has returned from the section down the coast where the recent great fires have prevailed, has expressed the opinion that a portion of the Big Sur waterehed was so badly devastated in the country south of Carmel that that section will suffer considerably in the event of a severe winter. The fires in the Cone Peak and Carmel watershed sections south of here have been completely extinguished. In fact, the main efforts of the fire fighters were centered upon preventing the burning of the Carmel watershed, and this was accomplished.

Fire Under Control

The forest fire in the Big Sur country, which has been raging since last Thursday morning, is now under control. The area devastated is approximately twenty-five square miles, including both government and private property. The property destroyed embraces a vast amount of redwood timber, the University of California Bee Farm, the telephone line from Big Sur to Soledad. Upwards of seventy-five men were engaged in fighting the flames, among them a number of regulars from the Monterey Presidio.

“Carmel Night” at Pebble Beach Lodge

Tonight the residents of Carmel will gather at Pebble Beach Lodge for a general good time.

R. J. McCabe, manager of the Lodge, rejoicing that Carmel is now an incorporated city, thinks this civic event should be properly celebrated.

It is Mr. McCabe’s desire that Carmel and Pebble Beach become more intimately united both socially and commercially.

To this end this affair has been arranged. Invitations have been mailed to a large number of local residents, who are requested to bring their visiting relatives and friends.

RJA Carmel 2016

The Robinson Jeffers Association (RJA) Conference for 2016 in Carmel-by-the-Sea was a great learning opportunity as usual, though participation was somewhat low. The twofold fact that I was able to (1) recite my own poetry at Tor House and (2) present on the state of Carmel in 1916 (when it was incorporated, a century ago), probably says a lot about the present state of the RJA.

The Poet is Dead

On this day in 1962, Robinson Jeffers gazed out to sea from his bed, then closed his eyes and died. It had been 75 years since he was born in a snowstorm. It had been 40 years since he discovered his muse—while building his 40-foot tower. It had also been 40 years since the last snowfall on the Monterey Peninsula. Jeffers never spoke a word, so far as I am aware, of the abandoned golf course that he built his house upon, nor did he acknowledge the existence of the newer course at Pebble Beach. Jeffers, it seems, was not very fond of golf.

Birth Announcement

It’s now a family of four. Down at sunny Pasadena the stork brought to Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Jeffers, who used to live here, twin boys. The bull dog’s nose is broken.

Carmel Pine Cone, November 22, 1916

All Roads Lead to Carmel

“D. F. Watkins …, [officer] of the California State Automobile Association … stated that more travelers were directed to Carmel, Monterey, and Del Monte than to any other points of the state this last year.”

Carmel Pine Cone, October 27, 1915

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