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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and a museum piece of the 70's, 21 Sep 1998
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This review is from: Turtle Island (New Directions Book) (New Directions Books) (Paperback)
Turtle Island is probably Gary Snyder's best known book - an award winning book. The "museum piece" teaser in the review summary refers to the short essay at the end of the book arguing cogently for a reduction in population, a more communal life style, etc. - a piece well written in its time but one that has portions which need rewriting in light of the increased opportunities for recycling etc. The poetry, however, does stand the test of time. Snyder's poetry reflects the directness of Zen poetry - his nature is real nature not nature conjured up for imagery or "concreteness". His knowledge of mythological symbols - including Turtle Island - is deep; his is not a superficial borrowing. Gary Snyder would be on my short list of "most know" poets and Turtle Island is a good place start becoming familiar with his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 18 Sep 2012
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Alun Davies (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Turtle Island (New Directions Book) (New Directions Books) (Paperback)
I wish a few of the so-called 'poets' we get in the UK and Wales would read this stuff. A true legend in the literary world and someone who writes from experience. His passion and understanding shows through every line. A great Zen-like work of environmental worship!! Probably my favourite poet of all time.
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