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FRUITA: The Life & Work of Robinson Jeffers with Valerie Nuzzo, Kim Nuzzo & Danny Rosen at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery
March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Life and Work of Robinson Jeffers
with Valerie & Kim Nuzzo and Danny Rosen
“It is only a little planet, but how beautiful it is.” – Robinson Jeffers
Lithic Bookstore and Gallery presents the first in a series of free performances based on the life and work of various authors. Featuring Valerie and Kim Nuzzo from Zephyr Stage, a theatre company based in Fruita, and Danny Rosen, this presentation will focus on the American poet Robinson Jeffers, and primarily his poem Roan Stallion. Known for his poems about the central California coast, much of Jeffers’ poetry was written in narrative and epic form, but he is also known for his shorter verse and is considered an early icon of the environmental movement.
Robinson Jeffers was born in Pittsburgh in 1887, he died in 1962. He was tutored by his father, a Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar. Much of Jeffers’s later schooling was obtained in Germany and Switzerland, during which time he mastered German and French and became conversant in Italian. During the final years of his stay in Europe, Jeffers began to read and write poetry. Intending at first to expatriate to England, the outbreak of World War I turned him instead to the village of Carmel on the central California coast in September of 1914. In 1919, he purchased a plot of land on Carmel Point, where he built for his family a small stone cottage, Tor House, hiring himself out as helper to a local stonemason. The construction of additional stone structures occupied his afternoons for most of the rest of his life. In 1920, he undertook construction of Hawk Tower, an iconic 40-foot structure of native rock that he hauled up from the beach below his cliff. The stonemasonry was completed without assistance in 1925.
Jeffers lived “largely within himself.” He asked large questions, and the answers were not always apparent. He read deeply – psychology, myth and cultural anthropology. The knowledge he gained underlay most of the major work that followed.