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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ROAN STALLION



By Robinson Jeffers/Read by Marian Seldes


FOLKWAY RECORDS
FL 9766
1963



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Editor's note: I know how a lot of people feel about poetry: it's for pussies. Well, for the most part that is true. But mixed in with the self-aggrandizing, flowery, sensitive bards are a few masculine beasts such as Robinson Jeffers. A poet of no-standing in the first half of his life, Jeffers became the Stephen King of poets in the 1920 and 30s (Popularity-wise, not so much commercially viable though; this is after all poetry we're talking about.). But his vitriolic opposition to WWII struck down both his critical and public reputation. All the better I say! His narrative poetry--with "Roan Stallion" and "Tamar" being the watermarks--was filled with grisly violence, mass murder and suicide, beastiality, caustic anti-political language and most of all iron wrought images and symbolism that spoke inhumanly to this over-humanized world. Besides my baby daughter, Robinson Jeffers is my truest guru.

2 comments:

Needles said...

Great Blog! I can't believe how many of these I actually own...
Keep up the good work

Wörtwurst said...

Thanks! Many many more to come. Got a blog? I'm always looking for interesting records to look at and listen to.