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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 >>

2014 RJA Conference Announced

The 20th Annual RJA Conference will be held in Carmel, CA, during President’s Day Weekend 2014.  The conference will feature a stellar keynote panel featuring Albert Gelpi, Tim Hunt, James Karman, Norris Pope, and Robert Zaller. Click here for more … 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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