Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder

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"A magnificent achievement. . . . A major work by a venerable master". Publishers Weekly"The story not only of one man, but also of the human event on this planet". San Francisco ChronicleForty years in the writing, Gary Snyder's long-awaited epic poem appears for the first time in its entirety in this volume. Initially inspired by East Asian landscape painting and his own experience within "a chaotic universe where everything is in place", Snyder travels beyond the Western tradition in this work to encompass Asian art and drama, Native American performance and storytelling, the practice of Zen Buddhism, and varied landscapes all over the world. Mountains and Rivers will stand as a major work of American poetry.

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Gary Snyder was born in San Francisco and received a B.A. in anthropology at Reed College. He attended Indiana University and pursued the study of oriental languages at the University of California at Berkeley. When he was 18, he shipped out of New York as a sailor. He later worked as a logger and forest lookout in Oregon, Washington, and California. Before moving to Japan to study in a Zen monastery under a Bollingen Foundation grant, Snyder worked on an American tanker in the Persian Gulf and South Pacific Islands, then spent four months in India (1961--62). Snyder is one of the most famous Beat poets, along with Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. He is the most controlled and concise of that school; yet his adventurous life has given his verse a unique range of subject and feeling. Close to nature since childhood, he also is the most widely known poet of the ecology movement. Often his poems have a Zen-like stillness and sharpness of perception, which serves to define the connective web between humanity and the natural universe. Snyder is deeply interested in the American Indian and the idea of the tribe as an alternative to modern culture, or at least an example for modern culture. Besides receiving the first Zen Institute of America Award in 1956, Snyder was the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Sciences poetry prize in 1966. His essays, Earth House Hold (1969), composed of journal notes and diary excerpts, have become a classsic in the underground ecology movement.
Published March 3, 2008 by Counterpoint. 192 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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Snyder was awarded the Bolligen Poetry Prize when this epic poem, 40 years in the making, was published last year. (Oct.)

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A magnificent achievement, this epic poem belies the common take that Snyder's poetic career is notable mainly in the past tense and is refracted by the works of others. Without doubt, Snyder's explor

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This new, vital work sums up stylistic and thematic concerns by uniting 39 poems written between 1956 and 1996 (many published here for the first time) into a seamless whole that, like a modern Leaves of Grass, combines fascination with the varied particulars of the way people live with awe at th...

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