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This Present Moment

New Poems

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April 12, 2016 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 96 Pages | ISBN 9781619027381
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This Present Moment maintains Snyder’s steadfast, wise witnessing as he walks a Siberian outpost meadow, gazes at clear-cut forest, or considers changing farmland in Italy. Snyder’s clearsightedness and meditative voice, even in the face of struggle or destruction, give the work much of its power.” —Christian Science Monitor

For his first collection of new poems since his celebrated Danger on Peaks, published in 2004, Gary Snyder finds himself roaming over the planet. Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine at Delphi, from Santa Fe to Sella Pass, Snyder lays out these poems as a map of the last decade. Placed side by side, they become a path and a trail of complexity and lyrical regard, a sort of riprap of the poet’s eighth decade. And in the mix are some of the most beautiful domestic poems of his great career, poems about his work as a homesteader and householder, as a father and husband, as a friend and neighbor. A centerpiece in this collection is a long poem about the death of his beloved, Carole Koda, a rich poem of grief and sorrow, rare in its steady resolved focus on a dying wife, a poem with a power almost unequaled in American poetry.

Gary Snyder is one of the greatest American poets of the last century, and This Present Moment shows his command, his broad range, and his remarkable courage.

GARY SNYDER was born in San Francisco on May 8, 1930. His first book, Riprap, published in 1959, has become a classic in American poetry, and he’s gone on to publish more than a dozen collections of poetry and prose. Practice of the Wild is one of the most influential books about the environment of the last fifty years. His recently completed long poem, Mountains and Rivers Without End, is broadly recognized as one of the greatest long poems in American literature, and his last book of poems, Danger on Peaks, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975 and the Bollingen Prize for poetry in 1997.

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This Present Moment maintains Snyder’s steadfast, wise witnessing as he walks a Siberian outpost meadow, gazes at clear-cut forest, or considers changing farmland in Italy. Snyder’s clearsightedness and meditative voice, even in the face of struggle or destruction, give the work much of its power.” —Christian Science Monitor

“Gary Snyder has been a major force of American poetry for well over a half-century… To Snyder, the human mind, at its peak moments, however cerebral and abstract, is entwined with the natural world, and our selfhood is defined by the encounter with it.” —Chicago Tribune 

“For his first collection of new poems since 2004, Snyder finds himself ranging over the planet. From the Dolomites to Lake Tahoe, from Paris to Tuscany to Delphi, from Santa Fe to Sella Pass, Snyder lays out a map of the last decade.” —Publishers Weekly Spring 2015 Announcements

“Each of the moments of these poems is completely open, even when, as in the long, particular poem about the death of Snyder’s late-life love, “Go Now,” it resounds with deep personal emotion. The moment of a Snyder poem is the “Eternal Now” of mindfulness and awareness, a good place to be.” —Booklist

“Snyder has parceled out the decade since his last poetry collection into textured poems of a rare and welcome candor.” —Publishers Weekly

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