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Author QuotedRobinson Jeffers
Title QuotedSelected Poems
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/09/09
ImprintNew York : Vintage Books. [s.d.]
QuotationAnd then (10:15) for some unknown reason Is it up late reading Robinson Jeffers, that Pacific Blake, and he is O.K. I am deeply moved by him, I abide by him! We have climbed at length to a height, to an end, this end: shall we go down again to Mother Asia? Some of us will go down, some will abide, but we sought More than to return to a mother. This huge, inhuman, remote, unruled, this ocean will show us The inhuman road, the unruled attempt, the remote lodestar"¦. "And the old symbols forgotten in the glory of that your hawk's dream." [Note 7: Robinson Jeffers, Selected Poems (New York: Vintage Books), 40-41. This is an excerpt from "The Torch-Bearer's Race," written in 1928, which several times refers to the "hawk's dream," after which Merton titled this part of the journals.] So-title!
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 167
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