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On Building With Stone

Robinson Jeffers 1887 (Allegheny) – 1962 (Carmel-by-the-Sea)



To be an ape in little of the mountain-making mother
Like swarthy Cheops, but my own hands
For only slaves, is a far sweeter toil than to cut
Passions in verse for a sick people.
I'd liefer bed one boulder in the house-wall than be the time's
Archilochus: we name not Homer: who now
Can even imagine the fabulous dawn when bay-leaves (to a blind
Beggar) were not bitter in the teeth?

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John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. more…

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