Back on the Fire: Essays

Back on the Fire: Essays

by Gary Snyder
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1593761635

ISBN-13: 2901593761638

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Counterpoint Press


This collection of essays by Gary Snyder, now in paperback, blazes with insight. In his most autobiographical writing to date, Snyder employs fire as a metaphor for the crucial moment when deeply held viewpoints yield to new experiences, and our spirits and minds broaden and mature. Snyder here writes and riffs on a wide range of topics, from our sense of place

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This collection of essays by Gary Snyder, now in paperback, blazes with insight. In his most autobiographical writing to date, Snyder employs fire as a metaphor for the crucial moment when deeply held viewpoints yield to new experiences, and our spirits and minds broaden and mature. Snyder here writes and riffs on a wide range of topics, from our sense of place and a need to review forestry practices, to the writing life and Eastern thought. Surveying the current wisdom that fires are in some cases necessary for ecosystems of the wild, he contemplates the evolution of his view on the practice, while exploring its larger repercussions on our perceptions of nature and the great landscapes of the West. These pieces include recollections of his boyhood, his involvement with the literary community of the Bay Area, his travels to Japan, as well as his thoughts on American culture today. All maintain Snyder's reputation as an intellect to be reckoned with, while often revealing him at his most emotionally vulnerable. The final impression is holistic: We perceive not a collection of essays, but a cohesive presentation of Snyder's life and work expressed in his characteristically straightforward prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901593761638
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176

Table of Contents


Part 1
Fires, Floods, and Following the Dao     3
The Ark of the Sierra     9
Migration/Immigration: Wandering South and North, Erasing Borders, Coming to Live on Turtle Island     17
Ecology, Literature, and the New World Disorder: Gathered on Okinawa     21
Thinking Toward the Thousand-Year Forest Plan     37
The Mountain Spirit's True [No] Nature     43
The Path to Matsuyama     51
Writers and the War Against Nature     61
Entering the Fiftieth Millennium     73
Lifetimes with Fire     81
Part 2
With Wild Surmise     95
Sustainability Means Winning Hearts and Minds     97
"Can Poetry Change the World?"     99
Three Way Tavern     103
The Will of Wild Wild Women     107
Coyote Makes Things Hard     111
Shell Game     117
"The Way of Poisons"     121
Regarding "Smokey the Bear Sutra"     123
On the Problems Lurking in the Phrase "Before the Wilderness"     129
Allen Ginsberg Crosses Over     133
Highest and Driest     137
Afterword to a New Edition of Riprap     141
The Cottonwoods     145
Harriet Callicotte's Stone inKansas     149
Empty Shells     155
Grown in America     159
Acknowledgments     163
Publications Record     165

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