CFP: [Poetry] 15th Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference

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Robert M Kafka
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Call for Papers
15th Annual Robinson Jeffers Association Conference
February 13-15, 2009 (President’s Day weekend)
University of Colorado, Boulder

Conference theme: The Alpine Jeffers

Jeffers is most frequently associated with the California coast and the
ocean he so deeply loved. At the same time, his interest in the alpine
world is everywhere evident in his work. Mountains appear throughout his
poems, from the early poem “The Alpine Christ,” to the ridge line that
California rides at night in “Roan Stallion,” all the way through to the
setting of his last long poem, Hungerfield, at the foot of a “thin turfed
mountain,” and in countless lyrics. In Jeffers’ journeys away from the
ocean, he always turned to the mountains; his only poem set in New Mexico
is “New Mexico Mountain,” and his only poem set in Colorado is “Red
Mountain.” Wherever we turn in his work, mountains appear as
manifestations of nature at the same time as they suggest the richest
possible range of symbols, from Sinai to Olympus, Parnassus, Mt. Blanc,
and all that such places represent in the history of art and culture.

For its fifteenth annual conference, the Association welcomes papers that
explore any aspect of Jeffers’s interest in and representation of the
alpine environment, from geological fact to aesthetic or religious
symbol, from setting to subject, from representation to interpretation.

As usual, serious papers on other subjects and on the relation of Jeffers
to other writers, artists and thinkers are also welcome.

Proposals should be relatively brief and must be postmarked by December
15, 2008. The conference has a number of different formats and includes
opportunities for standard academic talks (15-20 mins.), longer plenary
presentations, responses to longer talks, panel chairs, participation in
discussion sections, and poetry readings.

Please address all queries and proposals directly to Rob Kafka,
Treasurer, at

To learn more about the Robinson Jeffers Association, please visit

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