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By any measure, Gary Snyder is one of the greatest poets in America in the last century. From his first book of poems to his latest collection of snyver, his work and his example, standing between Tu Fu and Thoreau, has been influential all over the world. Ripraphis first book of poems, was published in Japan in by Origin Press, and it is the 50th anniversary of that groundbreaking book that is celebrated with this sjyder edition.

A small press reprint of that book included Snyder’s translations of Han Shan’s Cold Mountain Poemsperhaps the finest translations of that remarkable poet ever made into English. For the 50th anniversary, Snyder reads all the poems in this collection, with introductions and asides. The recording, made in the poet’s home by Jack Loeffler, marks the first time a complete reading has ever been available in a commercial edition.

One of the finest collections of poems published in the 20th century, this edition will please those already familiar with this work and excite a new generation of listeners with its profound simplicity and spare elegance. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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See all customer images. Showing of 27 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I snydeer the original of this from dear old Cody’s Bookstore an amazing 48 years ago how the hell did that happen? It is well worn, following me and my snuder wife back to my roots in the woods journey and living with me through my environmental political days in the ’70’s, when I had a lunch with Gary Snyder in Sacramento when he was the new poet laureate of California, through a whole bunch of local community stuff to my widower retirement of these days.


It is perhaps my most well worn book, and was part of my journey through the loss of a daughter, and later of my wife of 44 years. It is still a friend – more now for the Cold Mountain poems than Gary’s work. I bought three of the year editions for friends and my teacher in my sangha for this winter holiday season, and my only regret is that the drawing of Han-Shan and Jittoku in the original introduction rlprap the Cold Mountain poems has been replaced with an inferior drawing of Han-Shan, which not only conceals his face, but totally hides his original nature which the original drawing captures But the words still sing, and you to can “Try and make it to Cold Mountain”.

I am fortunate to have found mine. One person found this helpful. Brutally honest, simple, sparse prose comprise this thin collection, Snyder’s first, and the book is finished off by Snyder’s translations of the remarkable simple work of Han-Shan, a 7th century Chinese poet that would’ve been write at home in the 20th century backcountry of America. This anyder has finished the long steady rise of Gary Snyder as one of my all-time favorite poets. Certainly one of the greats. These poems are pieces of Snyder’s heart.

The other part of the book is composed of poems from Han Chan Cold Mountain. Snyder translated them himself and a great job he did. You’ll get the full feeling of what Han was saying when he wrote them.

No one else I’ve read has done anything with these poems that comes close to what Snyder has done with his translations. Too bad he didn’t translate them all. I’d love to have a copy if he ever decided to do so. Joblessness in less than desirable surroundings allows him to focus on enjoyment of practical everyday living. Women have a tough existence raising children, losing their looks to age.

Men scrounge for laborious work moving dirt or hauling hay for horses.

I think my favorites are the temple poems, which combine sundry details and breathless glimpses of nirvana. Cold Mountain Poems is a series of 24 very short poems, almost all less than 10 lines in length which capture the thoughts of a traveler journeying to Cold Mountain. Again, brevity rules, with single-word images riding story-telling lines of philosophical thoughts. I chose this book for my college English class to show my students how to look at poetry snydef is far different sntder what they studied in high school: Snyder’s work does not rhyme, generally does not have its own meter — but it is filled with deceptively plain pieces that shows his reverence for the places in his life.


Every word eiprap this book is important and asks us to think. Included in this book is an essay of his — to give us a taste of the many ways Snyder puts words together.

This makes me want to look further into his books and the effect Buddhism has on his life gxry work. He turns mundane into magnificence. I’ve even had the good fortune of reading a few of Snyder’s pieces for school Ecopsychology!

But, this is the first time I’ve spent some time with a larger selection of his work To me, it reads openly, spaciously, and simply, all things that I can appreciate as a practitioner of Buddhist meditation. If you enjoy poetry, nature, spirit ualityor simply life, then I would highly recommend spending some time with this book You should read all his stuff.

And did you know – he’s a buddy Jack Kerouac, who wrote Dharma Bums? Pretty wonderful stuff, his poems, and the history behind them. I was lucky enough to meet him in person riprqp – he was kind, thoughtful, and irreverent; in other words, awesome! See all 27 reviews.

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