A holographic rendering of Ina Coolbrith’s poem “At the Dawn” which appeared in her celebrated Songs from the Golden Gate (1895). A single sheet (8” x 10 ¼”), boldly signed by Coolbrith below the 16-line love poem. Some general toning, with minor creasing and a bit of light soiling.
Accompanied by the holiday keepsake Christmas Eve (1895), inscribed by Ina Coolbrith to fellow poet Amelia Woodward Truesdell on the verso. Printed in green and red on cardstock (5 3/8” x 9 3/8”), and accompanied by the original envelope (stamp removed).
The niece of Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Ina Donna Coolbrith came to California as a ten-year-old girl on the same horse with the famous African American scout Jim Beckwourth. Her first poems were published in the Los Angeles Times in 1854. After a brief and tragic marriage at 17, she moved to San Francisco where she became a prominent and much beloved figure in the Bay Area literary community – close friends with the likes of Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Charles Warren Stoddard, and Joaquin Miller, and a mentor to Jack London, who called Coolbrith his “literary mother”. Best known for her second collection of verse, Songs from the Golden Gate (1895), Coolbrith transcended the usual melancholic or uplifting themes expected of women, incorporating vivid physical imagery that presaged the later Imagist school of Ezra Pound and Robert Frost. In 1915, she was named the first California poet laureate and the first poet so honored by any American state. Item #73220