Monday, April 27, 2009

Stoned Again

Hawk Tower

This post continues a brief series I am calling Stoned, dedicated to my love of stone and fascination with stone work. I thought maybe I was borderline obsessed with stone, but the great American poet Robinson Jeffers gives new meaning to the word "obsession." He built Tor House and later, Hawk Tower with his own hands.

"In 1914, when they first saw the unspoiled beauty of the Carmel-Big Sur coast south of California's Monterey Peninsula, Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) and his wife, Una (1884-1950), knew they had found their "inevitable place." Over the next decade, on a windswept, barren promontory, using granite boulders gathered from the rocky shore of Carmel Bay, Jeffers built Tor House and Hawk Tower as a home and refuge for himself and his family. It was in Tor House that Jeffers wrote all of his major poetical works."

~photo and text courtesy of Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

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