A Leap Year Anniversary for California’s Very First Poet Laureate!

On this date in history, February 29, in the year 1928, Ina Coolbrith passed on.

Ina Coolbrith

This is a passing we can note only in years such as these.

Leap years.

Ina Coolbrith was the very first poet laureate of California, a fine and talented a poet, a poet of place, a poet who once memorably asked in her epic poem simply titled “California”:

Are not the fruit and vine
Fair on my hills?

To which we answer “Yes!”

Her poem concluded thusly, and beautifully:

Was in the wind, or the soft sigh of leaves,
Or sound of singing waters? Lo, I looked,
And saw the silvery ripples of the brook,
The fruit upon the hills, the waving trees,
And mellow fields of harvest; saw the Gate
Burn in the sunset; the thin thread of mist
Creep white across the Sausalito hills;
Till the day darkened down the ocean rim,
The sunset purple slipped from Tamalpais,
And bay and sky were bright with sudden stars.

A poet of place, a poet to honor. A poet to honor with a wine.

A wine of place.

To you, poet of our state, a toast!

Monte Bello.

1984.

A leap year.



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