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Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems Paperback – September 1, 1990
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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." -- Richard Tillinghast, The Nation
"His greatest strength-a quiet and profound elegance, an ability to write a simple phrase that seems to have been echoing through human consciousness for three or four thousand years." -- Lewis MacAdams, California Magazine
"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
"The master of lucid meditation." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"This poet's great gift has always been perfect visual clarity... and, needless to say, derives from Snyder's vision in the larger sense." -- Paul Berman, The Village Voice
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Above Pate Valley
All Through The Rains
At Five A.m. Off The North Coast Of Sumatra
For A Far-out Friend
Hay For The Horses
The Late Snow & Lumber Strike Of The Summer Of Fifty-four
Mid-august At Sourdough Mountain Lookout
Migration Of Birds
Milton By Firelight
Praise For Sick Women
The Sappa Creek
A Stone Garden
T-2 Tanker Blues
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
About the Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder is the author of many volumes of poetry and essays, including Left Out in the Rain, Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, Mountains and Rivers without End, and The Practice of the Wild. He teaches literature and wilderness thought at the University of California at Davis and lives with his family on the San Juan Ridge in the Sierra foothills.
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It is well worn, following me and my new wife back to my roots in the woods journey and living with me through my environmental political days in the '70's, when I had a lunch with Gary Snyder in Sacramento when he was the new poet laureate of California, through a whole bunch of local community stuff to my widower retirement of these days. It is perhaps my most well worn book, and was part of my journey through the loss of a daughter, and later of my wife of 44 years. It is still a friend - more now for the Cold Mountain poems than Gary's work.
I bought three of the 50-year editions for friends and my teacher in my sangha for this winter holiday season, and my only regret is that the drawing of Han-Shan and Jittoku in the original introduction to the Cold Mountain poems has been replaced with an inferior drawing of Han-Shan, which not only conceals his face, but totally hides his original nature which the original drawing captures... But the words still sing, and you to can "Try and make it to Cold Mountain". I am fortunate to have found mine.
This book has finished the long steady rise of Gary Snyder as one of my all-time favorite poets. Certainly one of the greats.
If you enjoy poetry, nature, spirit(uality), or simply life, then I would highly recommend spending some time with this book...