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Born in 1930 in San Francisco, Gary Snyder grew up in the rural Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Reed College in 1951 with degrees in anthropology and literature, and later, 1953 56, studied Japanese and Chinese civilization at Berkeley, returning there to teach in the English Department. Throughout these years, Gary Snyder worked at various outdoor jobs as a seaman, as a lookout in Mt. Baker National Forest, as a choker setter for a logging company, on a trail crew at Yosemite National Park. These experiences are integrally reflected in such works asRiprapandMyths and Texts. As he has remarked, "I ve come to realize that the rhythms of my poems follow the rhythm of the physical work I m doing and the life I m leading at any given time which makes the music in my head which creates the line." After participating in the San Francisco revival, the beginning of the beat poetry movement, with Ginsberg, Whalen, Rexroth and McClure, Snyder quietly went off to Japan in 1955 where he stayed for eighteen months, living in a Zen monastery. In 1958, he joined the tanker "Sappa Creek" and traveled around the world. In early 1959 he again returned to Japan where, apart from six months in India, he studied Kyoto under Oda Sesso Roshi, the Zen master and Head Abbot of Daitoku-Ji. He has spent further time (1966 67) in Japan on a Bollingen research grant. In 1969 he received a Guggenheim grant and toured the Southwestern United States visiting various Indian tribes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (December 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593760906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593760908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Left Out in the Rain is a free-verse poetry collection by Gary Snyder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize among other awards. In his twenties, he labored as a forester and logger; one of his experienced co-workers told him, "If you're gonna work these woods, don't want nothing that can't be left out in the rain." That phrase became the title and binding theme of Left Out In The Rain, which examines human experiences in relation to the environment that encompasses them. The diversity of the often brief verses makes each one linger in the mind as bright flicker of momentary insight, in this compilation highly recommended for poetry enthusiasts. The Taste: I don't know where it went / Or recall how it worked / What one did / What the steps were / Was it hands? / Or the words and the tune? / All that's left / Is a flavor / That stays
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i first read some of the poems in a bookstore waiting for my grandfather one day. slowly i flipped through the pages, reading several poems to get a feel for the book, which is quite different from Gary Snyder's other works, but in a good way (as he describes in his forward). his other works, each of them, seem to have more of a common theme or idea to them, where as in this book it is a compilation of poems from 1947-1985. these poems range from the Pacific Northwest Coast, to New York City, to Kyoto, to love. All of his poems hold true to Mr. Snyder's broad style, so if you enjoy his poems i am sure you will enjoy this compilation.
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Hoo! this singular syllable is all that can be used to attempt to describe this. snyder's short eternal truths, his exact observations and his simplistic morals are all explored beyond what anyone else has done or will do. snyder's life is chronicled by himself in this series of poems that everyone who has heard of poetry must read.
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