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[Past Event] Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

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The polar ice-caps are melting, the mountain glaciers
Drip into rivers; all feed the ocean;
Tides ebb and flow, but every year a little bit higher.
~from “Star-Swirls”

Poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), who built and lived in Tor House and Hawk Tower on Carmel Point, is a major figure in American literature. Today, perhaps even more than in his own time, his poetry speaks to the issues that confront us as individuals, as a nation, and as a species.

We will discuss four dimensions of Jeffers’s poetry: the significance of place; the importance of narrative; the philosophy of “inhumanism” as a response to political crises and impending ecocide; and, the quest for a spiritual life so that “We are safe to finish what we have to finish.” We will read and discuss poems in "Robinson Jeffers, Selected Poems" (Vintage).


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 *10:00am - noon* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Elliot Ruchowitz-Roberts, Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College, is co-author of "Bowing to Receive the Mountain". "White Fire", a collection of his poetry, was published in 2017.