Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers: 10 Essential Poems Human Voices Wake Us

Tonight I read ten essential poems from the American poet Robinson Jeffers (1187-1962). Selections of Jeffers’s poetry are legion: many of them can be found here. The five-volume Collected Poems of Robinson Jeffers, edited by Tim Hunt and published by Stanford University Press, can be found here. You can read more about his life at the Poetry Foundation and Wikipedia. A larger selection of his poetry, which I recorded in 2020-2021, can be found here. The poems I read are: The Excesses of God Point Joe Hooded Night New Mexican Mountain Nova from Hungerfield De Rerum Virtute Vulture “I am seventy-four years old and suddenly all my strength” Inscription for a Gravestone The episode ends with a 1941 Library of Congress recording of Jeffers reading his poem, “Natural Music.” Please consider supporting Human Voices Wake us by clicking here. You can also support this podcast by going to wordandsilence.com and checking out any of my books. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems Human Voices Wake Us

Here is a collection of all of the recordings I've made of the poetry of Robinson Jeffers from November of 2020 until this month. It's merely my list of favorite thirty seven of his poems, which was culled from a larger selection of more than a hundred poems I've loved over the years.  His collected poetry spans three huge volumes, and nearly every individual collection included a narrative poem alongside the shorter lyrics. While Jeffers seemed to have believed that his reputation would rest on the longer poems, none of them (at least for me) come near matching the power that he is able to achieve in his shorter poems. At his best, I can't think of an American poet since Whitman to match his voice, and can think of no other American poet to write who has written so beautifully and so sadly about nature, and humanity's place in it. Because Jeffers's "inhumanist" philosophy is so dour and cynical, it's easy to dismiss his poetry and relegate him to the status of a crank, or as merely a regional, "Californian," or "ecological" poet. But to pigeon-hole a poet like him does a disservice to us all.    Buy The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. The texts used in the readings, and the titles and dates gives for each collection, follow The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Tamar (1920-1923) The Excesses of God Age in Prospect To the Rock that Will Be a Cornerstone of the House Point Joe Roan Stallion (1924-1925) Birds Boats in a Fog Joy The Women at Point Sur (1925-1926) Post Mortem Pelicans excerpt from Credo Cawdor (1926-1928) Tor House Dear Judas (1928-1929) Hooded Night excerpt from Ossian's Grave Antrim Inscription for a Gravestone Subjected Earth Second Best Thurso's Landing (1930-1931) New Mexican Mountain Give Your Heart to the Hawks (1931-1933) Still the Mind Smiles Such Counsels You Gave to Me (1935-1938) Nova Contemplation of the Sword Shiva The Double Axe (1942-1947) Original Sin Hungerfield (1948-1953) Animals Time of Disturbance The Beauty of Things The World's Wonders The Old Stone-Mason excerpt from Hungerfield De Rerum Virtute The Deer Lay Down Their Bones Last Poems (1953-1962) Explosion Vulture "The polar ice-caps are melting" "As the eye fails" "It nearly cancels my fear of death" "I am seventy-four years old" Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

Robinson Jeffers: Six Last Poems Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of six poems from the "Last Poems" of Robinson Jeffers: The poems are "Explosion," "Vulture," "''The polar ice-caps are melting, the mountain glaciers,'" "'As the eye fails through age or disease,'" "'It nearly cancels my fear of death, my dearest said,'" "'I am seventy-four years old and suddenly all my strength.'" Buy "The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers" here: https://www.amazon.com/Selected-Poetry-Robinson-Jeffers/dp/0804741085/ All of the poems read here come from Jeffers's "Last Poems," the entirety of which is in Volume 3 of The Collected Poems of Robinson Jeffers: https://www.sup.org/books/series/?series=The%20Collected%20Poetry%20of%20Robinson%20Jeffers Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

Robinson Jeffers: 6 Poems from "Dear Judas" Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of three poems from Robinson Jeffers’s book Dear Judas. The poems are: Hooded Night an excerpt from Ossian's Grave Antrim Inscription for a Gravestone Subjected Earth Second Best Buy The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. The entirety of Dear Judas can be found in volume two of The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers. Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

Robinson Jeffers: 3 Poems from "The Women at Point Sur" Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of three poems from Robinson Jeffers’s book "The Women at Point Sur.” The poems are: Post Mortem Pelicans an excerpt from Credo Buy The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers The entirety of “The Women at Point Sur” can be found in The Collected Poems of Robinson Jeffers Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

Robinson Jeffers: Three Poems from "Roan Stallion" Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of three of Robinson Jeffers’s poems from “Roan Stallion.” The poems are: "Birds" "Boats in a Fog" "Joy" Buy The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers The entirety of “Roan Stallion” can be found in volume one of The Collected Poems of Robinson Jeffers Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

Robinson Jeffers: 4 Poems from "Tamar & Other Poems" Human Voices Wake Us

A reading of four poems from Robinson Jeffers’s 1924 book, “Tamar & Other Poems.” The poems are:  "The Excesses of God"  "Age in Prospect"  "The Rock that will be the Cornerstone of the House"  "Point Joe"  Buy The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers The entirety of “Tamar & Other Poems” can be found in volume one of The Collected Poems of Robinson Jeffers Any comments, or suggestions for readings  I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to  humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.  — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support