Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems Paperback – 1 Feb 2004
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"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."
About the Author
Born in 1930 in San Francisco, Gary Snyder grew up in the rural Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Reed College in 1951 with degrees in anthropology and literature, and later, 1953 56, studied Japanese and Chinese civilization at Berkeley, returning there to teach in the English Department. Throughout these years, Gary Snyder worked at various outdoor jobs as a seaman, as a lookout in Mt. Baker National Forest, as a choker setter for a logging company, on a trail crew at Yosemite National Park. These experiences are integrally reflected in such works asRiprapandMyths and Texts. As he has remarked, "I ve come to realize that the rhythms of my poems follow the rhythm of the physical work I m doing and the life I m leading at any given time which makes the music in my head which creates the line." After participating in the San Francisco revival, the beginning of the beat poetry movement, with Ginsberg, Whalen, Rexroth and McClure, Snyder quietly went off to Japan in 1955 where he stayed for eighteen months, living in a Zen monastery. In 1958, he joined the tanker "Sappa Creek" and traveled around the world. In early 1959 he again returned to Japan where, apart from six months in India, he studied Kyoto under Oda Sesso Roshi, the Zen master and Head Abbot of Daitoku-Ji. He has spent further time (1966 67) in Japan on a Bollingen research grant. In 1969 he received a Guggenheim grant and toured the Southwestern United States visiting various Indian tribes. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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the days when Kerouac was writing about him in the Dharma
Bums. The clarity, straightforward diction, and simple
lyricism that have continued to characterize his poetry are
all here in these early poems from the fifties. Astounding
visual quality. Life in the mountains, in Japan, on the
Cold Mountain Poems are translations of Han Shan, Chinese
Zen poet. Han Shan stands with John of the Cross in his
ability to illuminate the spiritual path through lyric
imagery. Snyder's crystalline translations reveal Han
Shan to us face to face, today, not some old exotic hermit
but a vital presence.
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