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2015 RJA Conference CFP Posted

A Call for Papers has been posted for the 21st Annual RJA Conference, which will be held on February 21-23, 2015. The conference, which had been tentatively scheduled for President’s Day Weekend, was moved to the following weekend due to … Read More >>

RJA 2015 Scheduled for President’s Day Weekend

The 21st Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference is tentatively scheduled for February 13-15, 2015 in Carmel, California. A CFP will be posted later this month.… Read More >>

On-line Registration Available for 2014 RJA Conference

RJA Members may register online for the 20th Annual RJA Conference in Carmel, California. The conference will be held at the Carmel Woman’s Center, February 14-16, 2014. A $25 fee will we be added for those who do not register … Read More >>

November Surf

Some lucky day each November great waves awake
    and are drawn
Like smoking mountains bright from the west
And come and cover the cliff with white violent cleanness:
    then suddenly
The old granite forgets half a year’s filth:
The orange-peel, egg-shells, papers, pieces of clothing,
    the clots
Of dung in corners of the rock, and used
Sheaths that make light love safe in the evenings: all
    the droppings of the summer
Idlers washed off in a winter ecstasy:
I think this cumbered continent envies its cliff then….
    But all seasons
The earth, in her childlike prophetic sleep,
Keeps dreaming of the bath of a storm that prepares up
    the long coast
Of the future to scour more than her sea-lines:
The cities gone down, the people fewer and the hawks
    more numerous,
The rivers mouth to source pure; when the two-footed
Mammal, being someways one of the nobler animals, regains
The dignity of room, the value of rareness.


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