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CFP: ALA Panel on Robinson Jeffers

Papers are being solicited for an ALA panel on Robinson Jeffers. Click here for CFP.… Read More >>

RJA 2015 Preliminary Conference Program Posted

The preliminary program and other information regarding the 2015 RJA Conference in Carmel, CA is now available.… Read More >>

Deadline for Submissions Approaching

The deadline for paper submissions for the 21st Annual RJA Conference is December 15, 2014. Please e-mail your submission to Dale Stieber at robinsonjeffersassociation@gmail.com. The original CFP misprinted the dates of the conference. Please note that the conference will be … Read More >>

The Maid's Thought

Why listen, even the water is sobbing for something.
The west wind is dead, the waves
Forget to hate the cliff, in the upland canyons
Whole hillsides burst aglow
With golden broom. Dear how it rained last month,
And every pool was rimmed
With sulphury pollen dust of the wakening pines.
Now tall and slender suddenly
The stalks of purple iris blaze by the brooks,
The pencilled ones on the hill;
This deerweed shivers with gold, the white globe-tulips
Blow out their silky bubbles,
But in the next glen bronze-bells nod, the does
Scalded by some hot longing
Can hardly set their pointed hoofs to expect
Love but they crush a flower;
Shells pair on the rock, birds mate, the moths fly double.
O it is time for us now
Mouth kindling mouth to entangle our maiden bodies
To make that burning flower.


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