The Robinson Jeffers Association (RJA) is a not-for-profit organization whose members read, discuss, study and teach the work of one of America’s greatest poets, Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The Association publishes a journal, Jeffers Studies, holds an annual conference and offers a wide range of resources for scholars, critics, teachers, students and general readers. Please join us – all are welcome.

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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 >>

George Hart Publishes New Jeffers Study

Congratulations to George Hart on the publication of Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness.  James Karman, editor of The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers writes, “The mind–body problem, faced anew by the … Read More >>

Ante Mortem

It is likely enough that lions and scorpions
Guard the end; life never was bonded to be endurable nor
    the act of dying
Unpainful; the brain burning too often
Earns, though it held itself detached from the object,
    often a burnt age.
No matter, I shall not shorten it by hand.
Incapable of body or unmoved of brain is no evil, one always
    went envying
The quietness of stones. But if the striped blossom
Insanity spread lewd splendors and lightning terrors at the end
    of the forest;
Or intolerable pain work its known miracle,
Exile the monarch soul, set a sick monkey in the office …
    remember me
Entire and balanced when I was younger,
And could lift stones, and comprehend in the praises
    the cruelties of life.


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