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This Present Moment: New Poems 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. 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. 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 the bodyas seen in his early poems of sexuality and in the wonderful The Bath in which he baths his young son, his wife, and himself Here that intimacy comes in the 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 the bodyas seen in his early poems of sexuality and in the wonderful The Bath in which he baths his young son, his wife, and himself Here that intimacy comes in the final poem of the book Go Now in which he shares the intimacy of his wife s dying Despite his warning You do not want to read this, reader, be warned, turn back from the darkness, go now, you must read this poem again and again to know the beauty and the pain of aging and passing and letting go This poem alone is worth the price of the whole book, but the rest is rich with his sensual aliveness and his humor of knowing and going on It is a small classic and a tribute to living in the present moment 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 machinery of his California home as well as the death of his wife An extraordinary book. 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 Christian, or a Jew because the Ten Commandments fall short of moral rigor And that other thing, can t have no other god before me 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 Christian, or a Jew because the Ten Commandments fall short of moral rigor And that other thing, can t have no other god before me like, profound anxiety of power and jealousy and envy, what sort of god is that worrying all the time What You clearly have not read the Bible in it s entirety, dear Author And, to quote some fourth century teacher, That God called Yahweh to the west, he s really something But too bad, he has this nutty thing that he s Creator of the world That could really set you back Oh, my Still, a well written collection of poems, and in spite of my solid faith in Christ, and in Yahweh, my favorite poem of the bunch will likely remain Stories in the Night And I will read it again, and again the piece about his wife s death is for all the marbles.beautifully moving.and harrowing. 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 SKILLSLOVE FOR CHILDRENRESPECT FOR NATURERESPECT FOR OTHERSRESPECT FOR ELDERSRESPONSIBILITY FOR TRIBEKNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGEKNOWLEDGE OF F 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 SKILLSLOVE FOR CHILDRENRESPECT FOR NATURERESPECT FOR OTHERSRESPECT FOR ELDERSRESPONSIBILITY FOR TRIBEKNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGEKNOWLEDGE OF FAMILY TREEOn the walls of a classroom in a tiny school in Kobuk Alaska just a bit south of the tree line Gary Snyder, This Present Moment New Poems , Counterpoint Berkley, 2015, p 55 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.This was my first book length experience with Snyder I can t claim to have understood all his references, much less how the bo 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.This was my first book length experience with Snyder I can t claim to have understood all his references, much less how the book sits within his arc as a poet, but that didn t keep me from appreciating his mystical awareness of the world around him 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 and sometimes excellent poet, with a very intelligent and sharp mind, exhibiting an enormous amount of common sense, which many modern urbanites could learn from including mysel 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 and sometimes excellent poet, with a very intelligent and sharp mind, exhibiting an enormous amount of common sense, which many modern urbanites could learn from including myself He won the Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s for Turtle Island a native American name for America and deservedly so The second to last poem in this collection, called Go Now about saying farewell to a loved one, somebody you have loved most of your life, at a funeral just slayed me Absolutely shattered me So sad but beautiful at the same time probably because it reminds me of my mother s funeral last year and the poem sliced back the scars When his poems are clear, they are almost perfect with nothing superfluous in each line but are trimmed down to the bare essentials However, sometimes I find his poems rather obscure and I felt that Snyder, in a similar way to Pound, is doing this on purpose as he wants us to put in the hard yards with our study and enjoy the thrill of being in the library flipping through reference books in search of the truth ourselves and along the way discover other truths inadvertently In this sense, it s almost like some of these poems are mere signposts to bigger truths which Snyder and for that matter Pound too wishes for us to discover by ourselves Like with Pound, thestudy you put into the work, therewarding it will be Snyder is an incredibly intelligent man exhibiting a poetic mastery on par with Ezra Pound coupled with the spirituality and level headed common sense of Thoreau His writings should be assigned readings in school in my opinion I love the TITLE POEM which closes this collection called This Present MomentThis present momentThat lives onTo BecomeLong ago 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


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