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Danger on Peaks

Poems

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September 13, 2005 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 128 Pages | ISBN 9781593760809
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“Snyder has not been subsumed by our culture but has consistently stood off to the side, giving his work a grand range far beyond academic claustrophobia.” —New York Times Book Review

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, bioregional activist, Zen Buddhist, and reluctant counterculture guru, Gary Snyder has been a major artistic force in America for over five decades, extending far beyond the Beat poems that first brought his work into the public eye.

Danger on Peaks begins with poems about Snyder’s first ascent of Mount St. Helens in 1945 and his learning that atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the morning of his descent. Containing work in a surprising variety of styles, creating an arc-shaped trail from these earliest climbs to what the poet calls poems “of intimate, immediate life, gossip and insight,” Danger on Peaks is Snyder’s most personal work ever.

About Gary Snyder

GARY SNYDER is the author of sixteen collections of poetry and prose. Since 1970 he has lived in the watershed of the South Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992, he has been awarded the Bollingen Poetry Prize and the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award.

Praise

“Snyder has not been subsumed by our culture but has consistently stood off to the side, giving his work a grand range far beyond academic claustrophobia.” —New York Times Book Review

Danger on Peaks gives us a changed, more reflective Snyder, one who maintains a core of joyous acceptance but who seems more open than before to grief, regret and, on occasion, fear and dismay.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“All of Snyder’s considerable strengths are on display in this most welcome volume—his unstinting curiosity about life in all its forms, his love of travel and different cultures, his gentle and generous good humor, his direct writing style that mixes concrete imagery with understated, often prose-like phrasing.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Longtime readers of Snyder’s work will recognize the humor, sharpness and effortless command of grand themes that inform the best of his poetry. For those new to Snyder, this collection offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a remarkable poet fully engaged with his world.” —Oregonian

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