Great Poets Read: Robinson Jeffers

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Welcome to my new series, Great Poets Read. I have a great collection of famous poets reading their poetry, so I thought I would share them with you!

Charles Osgood narrates an introduction to the poet in the first recording, then I include a recording from the poet, as well as the text to the poem. I hope you enjoy hearing masterful works of poetry coming to life as much as I do!

Robinson Jeffers

jeffers on justruminating men's blog

Introduction To Robinson Jeffers by Charles Osgood

Day Is A Poem

This morning Hitler spoke in Danzig, we hear his voice.
A man of genius: that is, of amazing
Ability, courage, devotion, cored on a sick child’s soul,
Heard clearly through the dog wrath, a sick child
Wailing in Danzig; invoking destruction and wailing at it.
Here, the day was extremely hot; about noon
A south wind like a blast from hell’s mouth spilled a slight rain
On the parched land, and at five a light earthquake
Danced the house, no harm done. Tonight I have been amusing myself
Watching the blood-red moon droop slowly
Into the black sea through bursts of dry lightning and distant thunder.
Well: the day is a poem: but too much
Like one of Jeffers’s, crusted with blood and barbaric omens,
Painful to excess, inhuman as a hawk’s cry.

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