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Gary Snyder

Collected Poems (LOA #357)
Hardcover Book
April, 2022
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The first collected edition ofan essential, Pulitzer Prize-winningBeat poet,theindispensable voice whose deep ecological vision and Buddhist spiritualitygrowsmore relevantwith each passingdecade

Gary Snyder is one of Americas indispensable poets, the Thoreau of the Beat Generation and our laureate of Deep Ecology. Now, for the first time, all of Snyders poetry is gathered in a single, authoritative Library of America volume.

Here are all of Snyders published books of poetry spanning a career of almost seventy years. Early collections such as Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems, Myths & Texts, and The Back Country reflect his hardscrabble rural upbringing in the Pacific Northwest; his life as a logger, fire-lookout, freighter crewman, carpenter, and trail-blazer; his lifelong interest in Native American oral literatures; and his pioneering studies of Zen Buddhism.

In Turtle Island and Axe Handlesthe former a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and the latter the American Book Award in 1984he explores countercultural alternatives to environmental and spiritual decline and envisioning new forms of harmony with nature.

His epic Mountains and Rivers Without End, a poem four decades in the making and regarded by many as his masterwork, is followed by Danger on Peaks, and the intimate, preternaturally candid late lyrics of This Present Moment, which meditate on his life as a father, husband, friend, neighbor, and homesteader in the foothills of Californias Sierra Nevada, where he has lived since 1971.

The volume concludes with a generous selection, made by Snyder himself, of previously uncollected poems from little magazines and broadsides; translations from East Asian literatures; and drafts and fragments never before published. Also included are explanatory notes, a detailed chronology of Snyders life, and an essay on textual selection.

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