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A Place in Space

Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds

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June 28, 2008 | Paperback |  5.5 x 8.2, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781582434124
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“No one has written so forcefully against urban sprawl, pollution, and mechanization.” —New York Times Book Review

In this collection of twenty-nine pieces that span half a century, Gary Snyder explores our complex, ever-evolving attitudes toward the environment while also reminding us how we must remain aware of our local communities. Snyder argues that nature is not something apart from us, but intrinsic: our societies and civilizations are “natural constructs,” and we must go beyond racial, ethnic, and religious identities to find a shared concern for the same ground that benefits humans and nonhumans alike. This collection contains the text of his 1971 environmental manifesto “Four Changes,” which he says is unfortunately truer than ever.

In this new edition of his classic work, Snyder sends out a call for action that gives all beings the challenge of moral responsibility.

GARY SNYDER is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and prose. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992 and 2005, he has been awarded the Bollingen Poetry Prize, the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2004 Japanese Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Grand Prize. He has lived in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada since 1970.

Praise

“No one has written so forcefully against urban sprawl, pollution, and mechanization. Somehow Snyder has managed to stay outside what used to be called the System and to remain a free man.” —New York Times Book Review

“Snyder’s is a wise voice crying out on behalf of the wilderness with an authority and eloquence that’s not been heard in our literature since Thoreau.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Whether he’s writing poetry or prose, Snyder is direct and plainspoken, exuding the sort of authority earned by sustained contemplation and honest work… This bracingly pragmatic and unerringly spiritual volume reaffirms Snyder’s prominent place in American literature and discourse.” —Booklist

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