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This Present Moment: New Poems This present moment That lives on To become Long ago For his first collection of new poems since his celebrated Danger on Peaks, published in , Gary Snyder finds himself ranging over the planet Journeys to the Dolomites, to the north shore of Lake Tahoe, from Paris and Tuscany to the shrine at Delphi, from Santa Fe to Sella Pass, Snyder lays out these poems as a map of the last decade Placed side by side, they become a path and a trail of complexity and lyrical regard, a sort of riprap of the poet s eighth decade And in the mix are some of the most beautiful domestic poems of his great career, poems about his work as a homesteader and householder, as a father and husband, as a friend and neighbor A centerpiece in this collection is a long poem about the death of his beloved, Carole Koda, a rich poem of grief and sorrow, rare in its steady resolved focus on a dying wife, of a power unequaled in American poetryAs a friend is quoted in one of these new poems I met the other lately in the far back of a bar, musicians playing near the window and he sweetly told me listen to that music The self we hold so dear will soon be gone Gary Snyder is one of the greatest American poets of the last century, and This Present Moment shows his command, his broad range, and his remarkable courage


About the Author: Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder is an American poet originally, often associated with the Beat Generation , essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Since the 1970s, he has frequently been described as the laureate of Deep Ecology From the 1950s on, he has published travel journals and essays from time to time His work in his various roles reflects his immersion in both Buddhist spirituality and nature Snyder has also translated literature into English from ancient Chinese and modern Japanese As a social critic, Snyder has much in common with Lewis Mumford, Aldous Huxley, Karl Hess, Aldo Leopold, and Karl Polanyi Snyder was for many years on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, and for a time served on the California Arts Council Gary Snyder 2007, October 19 In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 21 36, October 19, 2007, from



10 thoughts on “This Present Moment: New Poems

  1. says:

    Gary Snyder has aged as gracefully as any writer I can think of, assuming the mantle of Turtle Island elder with a calm intelligence and humor that shines through the murk of a time and place that have lost touch with their roots and possibilities The final poem in the collection s worth quoting in full This prese


  2. says:

    A great new book from Gary Snyder, showcasing several of the various poetic styles exhibited elsewhere short pithy poems, short seemingly simplistic poems but ones which are actually rather esoteric and finally the rambling prose poems which I find quite charming I ve always found Snyder to be a brilliant prose writer an


  3. says:

    If you have followed the writing of Gary Snyder these past 50 years as I have, you will be doubly delighted by the echoes found in this collection done in his 80s There are poems of people and places, of love and age, and the sweet connections we can make when we just listen closely to the world around us Snyder is a poet of th


  4. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here After a lifetime of casting his eye westward toward the East, Snyder looks eastward toward the deep Western tradition of Greece, Rome, the tundra of ancient France, and the trek of Otzi the iceman At 80, he also confronts the wildlife and faltering machine


  5. says:

    His first collection since 2004, this book finds Gary Snyder to be a strong, vital poet speaking on nature and spirit The longer poem, Go Now, written about the death of his wife is a devastating and powerful piece that only increases Snyder s already strong reputation A strong entry in the work of an important American poet.


  6. says:

    the piece about his wife s death is for all the marbles.beautifully moving.and harrowing.


  7. says:

    My favorite poem of this text would be Stories in the Night It is the one I have read and reread, over and over I identify with the generator that does not work, the comfort in making tea, the salvation of the 3 4 inch crushed rock delivery in late winter, and traveling through Kyushu And then the Buddhist author hits me with I could never be a Muslim, a


  8. says:

    I enjoyed Snyder s short, terse poems, coarse in places, fully connected to place, whether his own backyard or visiting the Hai en Temple in South Korea One of my favorites from this collection is titled Inupiaq values and needs no explanation Inupiaq values HUMORSHARINGHUMILITYHARD WORKSPIRITUALITYCOOPERATIONFAMILY ROLESAVOID CONFLICTHUNTER SUCCESSDOMESTIC SKIL


  9. says:

    Go Now is one of the most real, compassionate poems I ve ever read Contemplating his wife s death, Snyder captures the triple depth of love, sorrow, and relief with such rooted resonance His verse has the tenacity of one of the gnarly old trees that crop up throughout the book, but is imbued with the emotional and spiritual resilience necessary to keep from snapping.Th


  10. says:

    Snyder s poems are essays in miniature essays on a page, in a few wisps of words If I am in a hurry to think for a long time, they are perfect.My absolute favorite in his latest collection is the last poem, Go Now Against his warning, I read it and it worked its way into my consciousness But I also loved Reinventing North America, Walking the Long and Shady Elwha, and Gnarly.


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