Danger on Peaks (The Deluxe Edition) by Gary Snyder

By Gary Snyder

We're proud to proceed our undertaking of publishing Deluxe Audio variants of the poems of Gary Snyder, learn by means of him. whilst first released in 2004, it was once the poet's first new selection of poems in 20 years. might be his such a lot own, autobiographical assortment, it starts with the younger poet ascending Mt. St. Helens in 1945, a climb by accident timed with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was once 15 years outdated. virtually sixty years later, after the nice Buddhas at Bamiyan Valley have been bombed and with the sufferers of the area alternate heart additionally “turned to dust," the poet composed a prayer whereas at brief Grass Temple in Senso-ji, a pilgrim at the course of Kannon, Goddess of Mercy.

This notable assortment used to be greeted with extensive compliment, and as Julia Martin proclaimed, “Moving among relative and absolute methods of seeing, [Snyder] responds to the event of worldwide clash and private soreness by way of reminding readers of the continuity of wildness, asserting the price of paintings, and invoking an historic perform of knowledge and compassion."

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She is suddenly aware of her desire for him across the table, next to him on the bus. But it makes her shiver, the way those shells split apart—like half-black moons that gave off no light, only shadows. And they were legion. STUDY FOR LOVE’S BODY I. Landscape with Yellow Birds The theories of Love have become tremulous and complicated. The way snow falls or Saturn revolves repeatedly around some distance where space is nothing yet still something that separates. Never mind time. Caterpillars have turned the fruit trees into body bags.

It’s the monkey. I bend my ear to its dying lips and it says: You haven’t much time— risk it all. Wise monkey. There are other dreams, one, notably, involving Baudelaire and Margaret Mead. But ultimately, I think, a reader will remember these poems for their beauty, the profound sense of being in the present that their sensuality embodies, and a sense, too, of its cost. Poetry survives because it haunts and it haunts because it is simultaneously utterly clear and deeply mysterious; because it cannot be entirely accounted for, it cannot be exhausted.

The man upstairs just lost his wife to cancer. He is moving himself out of the apartment by throwing something new from the window every day. Sometimes there are enormous crashes on the balcony. Last week he dragged his bathtub outside. I found him curled in it, rocking, as if on a toy horse. I miss him singing to his cat in French. Now other little ceremonies mark time’s passing: the baby starling fallen from its nest last week, Clarissa’s postcard from China: Dear S, Matthew and I have fallen in love with the country and think we’re going to stay.

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