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Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

50th Anniversary Edition

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August 10, 2010 | Paperback |  5.5 x 8, 96 Pages | ISBN 9781582436364
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“As early as the 1950s, before ecology became a household word, Snyder understood things about our civilization and economy that no one else was talking about, and he wrote about them with great authority and a sinewy line.” —The Nation

By any measure, Gary Snyder is one of the greatest poets in America in the last century. From his first book of poems to his latest collection of essays, his work and his example, standing between Tu Fu and Thoreau, have been influential all over the world. Riprap, his first book of poems, was published in Japan in 1959 by Origin Press, and it is the fiftieth anniversary of that groundbreaking book we celebrate with this edition. A small press reprint of that book included Snyder’s translations of Han Shan’s Cold Mountain Poems, perhaps the finest translations of that remarkable poet ever made into English.

Reintroducing one of the twentieth century’s foremost collections of poetry, this edition will please those already familiar with this work and excite a new generation of readers with its profound simplicity and spare elegance.

About Gary Snyder

GARY SNYDER is a Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and the author of sixteen books of poetry and prose. Since 1970 he has lived with his family in the watershed of the South Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California.

Praise

“As early as the 1950s, before ecology became a household word, Snyder understood things about our civilization and economy that no one else was talking about, and he wrote about them with great authority and a sinewy line.” —The Nation

“The master of lucid meditation… Readers are fortunate to have what Snyder wants to pass on.” —Los Angeles Times

“Long ago staked his claim as one of America’s finest poets… [An] unswerving integrity [is] present throughout the development of Snyder’s poetic sensibility.” —Boston Herald

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