Poetry, Gongorism and a Thousand Years
  • Poetry, Gongorism and a Thousand Years


    Robinson Jeffers.


    Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1949.  Slender octavo. Decorated paper boards, with a clear protective acetate wrapper. Set in Bembo, designed by Ritchie. Crown and heel of the spine are slightly scuffed. 12 pages. Limited edition, one of  200 copies. Near fine.


    A short treatise on poetry originally published by Jeffers in the New York Times. One of the 50 Books of the Year as selected by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (a small print noting this is laid in). Golden age of California fine press featuring a short manifesto on the poetic vocation written by one of California's finest practitioners.  


    "I write verses myself, but I have no sympathy for the notion that the world owes a duty to poetry or any other art. Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse for great poetry appeals to the most pri- mitive instincts. It is not necessarily a moralizer; it does not necessarily improve one's character; it does not even teach good manners . It is a beautiful work of nature like an eagle or a high sunrise. You owe it no duty. If you like it, listen to it; if not, let it alone."