Read "Boys Rob A Yellow-Hammer's Nest" at The Eldritch Dark:
As with the poem "Flight of the Yellow-Hammer" (which I blogged about last month), it seems that in "Boys Rob A Yellow-Hammer's Nest", Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is referring to Colaptes auratus, the bird commonly known as the "northern flicker".
It's not a great poem from CAS, but as part of his "Childhood" series of haiku, it definitely captures a spirit of youthful adventure in the natural world that reminds me of my own boyhood.
I just found your blog today, and I have to say -- wow! I thought I was one of the few who really enjoyed Smith's poetry -- especially his haiku. I'm interested to read more of your analyses.
Thanks for the comment, and sorry for the late response: I had to abandon this blog for a while due to some life issues, but that's all resolved now and I'm ready to get back to reading CAS' poetry!ReplyDelete