Stones of the Sur

stones_of_the_sur.jpg
stones_of_the_sur.jpg

Stones of the Sur

70.00
The precipitous cliffs, rolling headlands, and rocky inlets of the Big Sur coast of California were alive for Robinson Jeffers, and throughout his long career as a poet, he extolled their wild beauty. His vivid descriptions inspired the best work of other artists who lived nearby, including such noted photographers as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and their younger contemporary Morley Baer. Before he died in 1995, Baer was planning a volume that would bring together a group of his landscape photographs of the Big Sur area with a selection of poems that expressed Jeffers's mystical experience of stone. Jeffers believed that stone is alive, perhaps even conscious in some way. Baer wanted to create a visual and literary meditation on the life-experience of stone. James Karman was invited by Baer to serve as his collaborator, and has brought the project to completion: more than 50 of Baer's photographs paired with poems by Jeffers. Stones of the Sur is in five parts, each of which takes its title from a poem: Part I, "Tor House"; Part II, "Continent's End"; Part III, "Oh Lovely Rock"; Part IV, "Credo"; and Part V, "The Old Stone-Mason". Hardcover, 176 pages, published in 2002. Robinson Jeffers, widely considered to be one of the foremost American poets of the twentieth century, drew inspriation from the rugged central California coast where he lived for many years. In addition to his own many books, Morley Baer contributed to a publication sponsored by teh Sierra Club and guilded by Ansel Adams: Not Man Apart, which combined lines from Jeffers' poetry with photographs of the Big Sur coast by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eliot Porter and others. James Karman is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Humanities Program at California State University, Chico.
Quantity:
Add To Cart