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I did not meet him in the gleaming years That made the great friendships and the earlier fame, The carnival time when wine...

It was written in the heavens at the time of the November lunation, and he who could read the stellar script read—that ere the moon...

His song shall waken the dull-sleeping throng, That dreams of sullen and of earth-bound things; He soars with Beauty where the...

The Spring will come with all her vernal buds, The while the rains pour down their cooling floods; Ah! this we know as 'neath protecting...

From a far planet in some alien sky, He, prophet of the stars, beholding now This small unhappy earth go speeding by, Might happily murmur:...

There is a tower standing bleak and high Beside the sea. Its turrets touch the sky. Beneath the sea its deep foundations lie. On...

I have heard the wild slow horns of morning blowing on a hill, I have heard the drums of dawn call up the slumbering light,...

He would not heed our call. Shrouded in night he went, Down to the deep-flowing Lethe With Lilith at his breast. With earth warm...

The shore is strangely still along the Bay, And silent is a city "cool and gray." From height of Russian Hill, the fairies see A...

The Winds of the Worlds Came from the place of light And breathed upon the Clay So that the Clay lived... a Star... Ra smiled....

"The Angel Israfael, whose heart strings are a lute, and who has the sweetest voice of all God's creatures" Spirit of fire and...

Song's ocean sands thy passing keels have strewn With lustrous gems, from islands far away, Which shake their splendid hues on wave and dune, And...

For George Sterling Think not that earth has stifled The beat and the breath Of music, and song has faded...

On many nights carousers were a tangle As wine flowed red at Coppa's Old Red Paint, And for the while bright sinner and gay saint...

Thanks to you, Bard, your song is such as he, The West Wind, might have poured in rhythmic surge. Peace to his ashes by the...

In memory of George Sterling, citizen of the Far West, poet of the seas and stars, prophet of Social Democracy Sarpedon, a native of...

George Sterling, valiant Son of Song, Thy singing shall survive thee long. No gentler poet ever trod Bohemia's pathway up to God. The...

Obit Nov.16, 1926 The silent waterfalls of the fog over the blue ridge of Tamalpais at evening,— The white foam of their falling,...

No word across the evening sky, Only the dark wind, grumbling still, And a last gull flying high And the stars...

Once, when no war had caused companion souls To sicken, parching for new happiness, A poet at Carmel, where the great sea rolls Its warning...

Oh still and silent sky, awake— To voice the song he found in thee! And thou-unceasing storm-tossed sea, Abide awhile, for memory's sake!...

I never found the happy chance to meet you; Now you're gone. I know you well; in a thousand lines I greet you, Lines you've...

Sea-worshipper, idolator of stars! What galaxy of suns enchants thee now? What cosmic oceans roll eternal surge To send ethereal zephyrs to thy brow? Thy...

In Death's republic lies the Raven Bard, And there in magic slumber on his tomb, Waits Poetry with folded wings. A guard...

(Variation on a Theme by George Sterling) Spring fields will soon be growing To fruitful green again. World-over, men are sowing The seed in...

(George Sterling—November 1926) For one who lies in slumber on an eve When every happy thing with life is warm For such should we...

(For George Sterling) It was a day of light over the vernal sea, Light and the fringe of foam on the soundless waves...

(In Memory of George Sterling) Sorrows have come before and have stood mute With blind implacable masks, the eyes cannot endure them, They...

You must have been hard pressed the other day. The wolves of life so close upon your heel- Tired...Oh tired in a hopeless way, Too...

I have been asked by the editors of Overland to contribute to the number dedicated to George Sterling. And sitting down gladly to what promised...

Has George Sterling been subjected to that thing he dreaded, misrepresentation? Often he said of others gone before him, "It is not the first time...

Probably no writer ever keeps his work wholly consistent to the medium to which his hand is most subdued. He must, if only to validate...

(Suggested by a strange communication received from a total stranger, purporting to come from George Sterling a few days after the latter's death.) Break you the...

In youth he loved the sweep of all the winds That called and urged swift tumult in the skies, He dreamed of them from strange...

Sitting before a typewriter trying to write about George. (George, I never expected to have to do this.) What shall you say when he himself...

It is easy, after a man is dead, to remember what he was and what he did, and it is easy to forget what he...

George Sterling and I were friends for about thirty years and, of all the charming memories that I possess, the picture of him as he...

Why should he stay until no longer eager feet Spurt white sand over dune flowers as he runs? Why should...

Drunkard of life as any bee of sweets, Lover of the swift race, the good battle Of man against nature, Man against fate, Full-hearted lover...

"Pard like spirit, beautiful and swift: Love in desolation masked." Shelley spoke thus of himself, and every word is true of Sterling, too. In the...

THE THRIST OF SATAN, "Poems of fantasy and terror," by George Sterling," Edited by S.T. Joshi, Hippocampus Press, ISBN 0-9721644-6-4 "...I am not sure that poetry...

The expanded version of this article can be found in: Deep-Sea Matrimony: George Sterling and "The Abalone Song," by Geoffrey Dunn. Fall/Winter 2008 edition of...

While many Bay Area literati celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's Beat masterpiece "On the Road" earlier this year, 2007 also marks the centenary...

It has always seemed to me that there were two George Sterlings— the one I saw in the pictures and the one I saw in...

He had the body of Mercury and the face of Dante. These externals expressed the inner character of the man. The gay lightsomeness of the...

George Sterling was a rare and exquisite poet whose work is an imperishable part of the distinguished literary history of California. He always impressed me...

In George's poet's garland let me fall upon a little Western flower, a naturally obscure posy in that wreath of his fame. Call it a...

Merely the fact that George Sterling was in San Francisco made life in the city somehow better. He was a constant reminder that even here...

On this page, commencing with our next issue, George Sterling will talk each month with the readers of the Overland about matters that interest him....

A Student, disagreeing strongly with the professor's interpretation of Sterling's sonnet "The Black Vulture," contended that the vulture was meant to symbolize death. To bring the...

Footloose in Arcadia: A Personal Record of Jack London, George Sterling, Ambrose Bierce. By Joseph Noel. New York: Carrick & Evans, Inc. 1940. 330 pp. $3.00. In a...

Many strange experiences have been imagined by poets and woven into sonnet sequences; but few of them stranger than the story contained in the metal box which rests...

During his lifetime, and even more during the years immediately following his death, a genius is seldom likely to receive rational discussion in his own community....

And here is George Sterling dead. A poet he: a true Poet. More a gentle, affectionate character with the cheerful heart of a an unselfish...

George Sterling committed suicide in 1926, perhaps he wrote close to 14-books in his life time. Some say he committed suicide after becoming sick and...

GEORGE STERLING. Sir,-Perhaps your correspondent will give us some more information about George Sterling, for in these days it's a long, long way to the British Museum. The only...

Reproaches have been made that I have neglected to adorn these Notes with the names of American authors unknown as yet to fame. I protest my innocence! Nothing...

In what is sometimes called its Pioneer Myth, California has always seemed the ideal venue for the American dream. Even today, loading up a Ryder truck and...

Fresh sea food has become a staple of that style of cooking now known as California Cuisine, which emphasizes the kind of fresh ingredients that...

Baum In the years you lived in Piedmont, both as Elsie Whitaker and then as Mrs. Xavier Martinez, you met many of the creative people of...

I saw a man open an iris petal. He ran his finger underneath the edge, unfolded it, and smoothed it out a little, not as...

Below are the five poems Clark Ashton Smith wrote in trbute to his friend and mentor. To George Sterling And I too found...

Though once hailed by Ambrose Bierce as the future "poet of the skies, prophet of the suns," the San Francisco poet George Sterling is no...

The Friendship between George Sterling the prolific but ill-fated San Francisco poet, and James Branch Cabell, the Richmond novelist much in vogue in the 1920's, began...

[As the founder and editor of Poetry, Monroe was a key figure in the American "poetry renaissance" that took place in the early twentieth century....

[Markham was an American poet, critic, and protégé of Ambrose Bierce. His best-known poem, "The Man with the Hoe," is typical of his work, exhibiting...

[In the following excerpt, the critic reviews The House of Orchids, and Other Poems.] The saying goes that poets are born, not made, but the fact...

[In the following excerpt, Hooker praises Sterling's facility as a poet but criticizes the absence in his work of ideas or a philosophy.] Stevenson once said...

[In the following excerpt, the critic reviews The Testimony of the Suns, and Other Poems.] In The Testimony of the Suns and Other Poems, by George...

While many Bay Area literati celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jack Kerouac's Beat masterpiece "On the Road" earlier this year, 2007 also marks the centenary...

George Sterling, a poet and author of such volumes as A Wine of Wizardry and Other Poems, was at the locus of a Bohemian...

Sterling, George (1869–1926),born in New York, was educated under Father Tabb in Maryland, went to California, and was thereafter identified with the state as...

My sixteen years' friendship and correspondence with George Sterling began, like so many human relationships, through another friendship. In 1911, when I had reached the...

Among the various literary fervors and enthusiasms of my early youth, there are two that have not faded as such things most often fade, but...

WRITERS AND ARTISTS LEFT SAN FRANCISCO IN 1906 FOR A NEW LIFE One hundred years ago, a small group of artists, writers and other self-described bohemians...

"Aldebran and Mars,—Ask Greek." I find the penciled note, laid weeks ago on the writing table in Jack London's workroom. It is one of many...