When I was a young man, I spent many hours with the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. His long poems centered on the primal importance of wildness. And he developed a challenging, uncomfortable notion of beauty not dependent on human life. Because I was schooled in Greek tragedy, Jeffers' work felt quite familiar to me.
Recently James Ford, Roshi, posted on Monkey Mind this video based on a Jeffers' poem. It brought back rich memories of reading Jeffers's work around campfires on the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Even if you lack these associations with Robinson Jeffers, you might get a hit from his work.
Thank you for reading Ox Herding. May we together raise our eyes and look during this weekend!