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The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry and Translations, 1952-1998 Paperback – 29 Jun 1999

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; New edition edition (29 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582430799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582430799
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is a great, beautiful and inspirational collection.

I became aware of GS through Jack Kerouac and the Beats. Having said that though, GS - in my opinion - is no beat. He stands on his own. His background is Zen Buddhist; mine isn't. He writes mainly about his "own space", namely, Turtle Island (America); I'm European.
All reasons why I shouldn't appreciate GS's work as much as I do.

I bought this book on a whim. And it is the best buy I made in years. GS has a way of talking/writing about things that hooks you in. He is clearly very passionate about nature and conservation (again, things that have never been part of my world)and he has a knowledge that is deep and genuine. I can't help thinking about GS that "this guy Knows" with a capital K.

I don't know the first thing about poetry, but yet again his poems had me hooked and revealed the mystery and simplicity of the things in life - and their preciousness.

And so I dip into the book again to hear a timeless voice that is not America and not the Orient but purely Gary Snyder
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Gary Snyder has been an inspiration to me and to a lot of other people for many years now. This book is a joy to read because it gives us so much of his poetry, as well as his philosophy of life, nature and Buddhism over a course of 46 years. Much of it has been pulled from his various books, but reading it again after time has passed brings a new perspective and an added appreciation for the work. Thanks Gary, for doing the real work for all these years.
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Snyder has a way of showing things in life, that the rest of us miss because we are to busy living. Basically I can't say enoough good things aboout his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No one writes more wisely or more beautifully about Earth 13 Nov. 2012
By Joyce - Published on Amazon.com
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This 600-page Gary Snyder collection is full of inspiration from varied writings based on his rich experience, which includes: climbing the mountains of the northwest in this country and in Japan; hiking many places; working for the forest service and for a lumber company; traveling the world for years, sometimes working on a freighter; hanging out with other Beat poets; living for many years in Japan as a Zen monk; being a husband and father; and finally settling in to live with his bioregional sensibility in the Sierras in California.

Snyder says, "My place on earth is where I know most of the birds and the trees and where I know what the climate will be right now, roughly, what should be going on there on that spot on earth right now, and where I have spent enough time to know it intimately and personally." By this definition he considers his "place" from Big Sur in California up the Pacific coast through British Columbia, through Alaska onto the Aleutian chain and down into the Japanese islands and on through Taiwan. He says, "One thing to do is not to move. To stay put. Now staying put doesn't mean don't travel. But it means have a place and get involved in what can be done in that place. Because without that we aren't going to have a representative democracy that works in America. We're in an oligarchy right now, not a democracy. Part of the reason that it slid into oligarchy is that nobody stays anywhere long enough to take responsibility for a local community and for a place."

When asked about meditation, one of his comments is: "Some of the beneficial effects are you get bored with some of your own tapes and quit playing them back to yourself." He goes on to an interesting reflection on language and its relationship to thought. Then he brings up the powerful Buddhist point that we must "find the ceremonial, the almost sacramental quality of the moves of daily life" (changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, washing dishes, etc.) because "the goal of living is not to consider work work, but to consider it your life and your play."
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend ~ A new love 24 Mar. 2013
By StargazySkye - Published on Amazon.com
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You can read Gary's bio in a million places - you don't need it here. I have enjoyed Gary Snyder's poetry for nearly all my life - I was a freshman in high school when he was first published. However, as life grew more complicated, I lost touch with his more recent work and did not revisit his earlier writings from the perspective of my own greater experience - until now. I was reminded of Gary by a friend and went searching. I found this amazing compilation of his writing from its beginnings through 1998. I must acquire some of his newer books, but it is wonderful to revisit old friends and make new ones here.

This would be a fabulous introduction to Gary's work in a time I remember well, but many never really saw - even if they were there. I chose the Kindle version (although I love to hold a book) because it can go with me to provide companionship on the train, in the doctor's waiting room, in the park under a tree. You don't have to begin at the beginning - you can just drop in for a visit anytime, anywhere. You will always be entertained and life will always be elucidated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Snyder's Best of Collection 7 Feb. 2016
By David Anthony Sam - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent selection of the prose and poetry of Gary Snyder, this collection reveals the development of his spritual, ecological and poetical thinking. Throughout is a faith in the unity of all being. Some of the journal entries drag a bit and may be skipped; but if you are a student of Snyder, read the whole volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A word gardener sampler 2 Oct. 2000
By GENE GERUE - Published on Amazon.com
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Gary Snyder's power appears to come from mountain, meandering and meditation. In this thick sampler we visit his life to age sixty-eight through notes, prose and poems. The soil of his writings range across a fire lookout station in the Cascade Range, a Japanese Zen temple, the engine room of a Pacific freighter, an audience with the Dalai Lama, work and climbs with Ginsberg, Kerouac, Lew Welch, and Nanao Sakaki, travel in Botswana and Zimbabwe with his sons. The essence of his power is nature. "Nature is not a place to visit, it is home-and within that home territory there are more familiar and less familiar places." Two sons, one Pulitzer, many other awards so far. He writes, he reads, he teaches. One hopes that he never tires of planting words in the soil that is us. If there are any legitimate Earth heroes, Gary Snyder is one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into Gary Snyder through his essays, poetry, and interviews. 11 April 2015
By Walter Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent insight into Gary Snyder through his essays, poetry, and interviews . My appreciation for his deep commitment to the environment and to the human spirit has grown immensely thanks to this book.
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