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The Gary Snyder Reader

Prose, Poetry, and Translations

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October 16, 2012 | Hardcover | 6 x 9, 640 Pages | ISBN 9781619020627
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“Synder is an elder statesman of the natural world and the tribal unions of poetry. He has a body of work as original as predecessors William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens.” —The Bloomsbury Review

Gary Snyder has been a major cultural force in America for five decades—prize-winning poet, environmental activist, Zen Buddhist, earth-householder, and reluctant counterculture guru. Having expanded far beyond the Beat scene that first brought his work to the public ear and eye, Snyder has produced a broad-ranging body of work that encompasses his fluency in Eastern literature and culture, his commitment to the environment, and his concepts of humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Prose selections include journals from his travels to Saigon, Singapore, Kyoto, Ceylon, New Delhi, and Dharamshala; key interviews from the East West Journal and The Paris Review, meditations on Buddhism and the surrender of self; a cultural survey of communal living; and notes from the lookout tower on Sourdough Mountain, where in stark isolation Snyder once watched for forest fires.

The Reader gathers poems from each phase of Snyder’s long career—from his fist collection, Riprap, to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Turtle Island, through his epic poem cycle that was forty years in the making, Mountains and Rivers Without End.

From freighter to firetower, Zendo to Himalayan mountain ridge, Snyder’s writings reflect a lifetime of study, journey, and the practice of everyday mindfulness. Gary Snyder has witnessed and captured our culture at the hinge of change and—time and again—his work has transformed us just as it has altered our understanding of literature and place in a purposeful life.

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

“Synder is an elder statesman of the natural world and the tribal unions of poetry. He has a body of work as original as predecessors William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens.” —The Bloomsbury Review

“Gary Snyder has maintained a bedrock sanity and art for the benefit of all our mutual lives, generously, specifically, constantly. If poetry means anything, and it does, his has made that point for all of us again and again and again.” —Robert Creeley, author of Memory Gardens

“Gary Snyder’s deep hope—that someday we might all be native Americans, at home in our grand place—is the only hope we have.” —Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

“Whether he’s writing poetry or prose, Snyder is direct and plainspoken, exuding the sort of authority earned by sustained contemplation and honest work.” —Booklist

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