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Mountains and Rivers Without End: Poem
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on September 20, 2017
Sharing Gary Snyder's change in perception as captured in his writing at different moments in his aging, is a living experiment in "enlightenment."
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on February 25, 2002
Written over forty years, MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END is poet Gary Snyder's highest achievment. Here he has presented a perception of the world that has taken four decades of experience to put into words. The collection moves chronologically from Snyder's glimpse in the 50's of a Japanese scroll that gave the book its name, though his wanderings in the American West, and into senescene.

Decades of travel have exposure Snyder to so much of our planet, and this experience forms a major part of MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END. Mixing ecological perspective with Buddhist metaphysics, these poems are a powerful description of Man's relationship with the planet. Snyder is supremely aware of how attached mankind is to the Earth, and how its ever-surrounding landscape influences peoples.

The final poem "Finding the Space in the Heart" is a moving retrospective of Gary Snyder's forty years as a writer, from his Beat poet days in the 1950's to the older man that he is now, using elements of Buddhism's Prajnaparamita-sutra, the so called "Heart Sutra."

While Snyder's poems sometimes do not succeed due to clumsy meter, a lacking that makes me give this work only four stars, they often move the reader with their sincerity and signifance. MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END is certainly worth a read.
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on July 28, 2014
This book is beautiful! Gary Snyder is a genius, and the book is a large sized book, with 2 audio CD's that come along with it, where Gary Snyder reads all of the poems in his own house. A great buy!!!!
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on May 13, 2014
Mountains and Rivers Without End, Gary Snyder's magnum opus offers thoughts and images that touch the troubles of our times. The poems are deeply meditative and inspiring.
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on October 7, 2016
Gary Snyder. Period. Also simply lots of poems that bring the abstract to the concrete. Using real world stuff (streams and trees) for slightly metaphorical and metaphysical comparisoms.
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on October 10, 2014
This is one of Gary Snyder's classics. Not always understandable unless you know Zen Buddhism and sanscrit but worth the read.
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on September 23, 2016
ok
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on January 29, 2016
If you are a Snyder reader, this is a necessity.
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on December 28, 2015
Excellent
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on March 22, 2013
I so much appreciated Gary Snyder's to apply his understanding of two continents" landscapes and cultures in creating his masterpiece.
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