Poet Snyder refers to Mount Tamalpais as "San Francisco's backyard wilderness." But Killion's brief history makes clear that the location has been an integral part of San Francisco's outdoor culture since the 19th century. Although "Tamalpais" is a Miwok Indian word, what role the mountain played in their traditions has been lost. Place names on the mountain commemorate settlers who hiked its slopes, and the genteel poets and writers of the post-Civil War generations created most of the "Indian" legends associated with it. But it was with Kenneth Rexroth and the burgeoning San Francisco scene of the 1930s that Tamalpais found its place in American literature, and later Jack Kerouac placed scenes in The Dharma Bums on the small mountain. Snyder is Tamalpais's greatest poet, and his essay recalling three circumambulatory hikes on the mountain is a highlight of the book. Poems by Rexroth, Snyder and Lew Welch are interspersed throughout, and multiblock color prints by Killion (who collaborated with Snyder on The High Sierra of California) pay homage both to Tamalpais and the Japanese masters of ukiyo-e, who perfected the complicated technique. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Printsby Tom Killion
"Dominating the landscape of Marin County; Mt. Tamalpais serves as inspiration and refuge to San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors, a constant reminder of the abiding power of place. Conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets have worked for more than a century; within the mountain's imposing geological form and varied natural features, to… See more details below
"Dominating the landscape of Marin County; Mt. Tamalpais serves as inspiration and refuge to San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors, a constant reminder of the abiding power of place. Conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets have worked for more than a century; within the mountain's imposing geological form and varied natural features, to sustain this cherished community resource and sanctuary." "Tamalpais Walking explores Mt. Tamalpais's natural, cultural, historic, and spiritual dimensions. It is a book shaped by two master craftsmen collaborating on an enterprise nurtured by long and passionate involvement. The artwork is the product of Tom Killion's decades of depicting and interpreting the mountain's many moods and aspects. Gary Snyder has been hiking Mt. Tamalpais since 1948, and through poetry and a new; revealing essay he offers his thoughts on the mountain, its history; and the practice of walking meditation." Further enriched with Killion's essays on the mountain's history and selections from the work of Jack Kerouac, Ina Coolbrith, Kenneth Rexroth, and Lew Welch, Tamalpais Walking takes us deep into Mt. Tamalpais's pathways, offering original, revelatory views of a mountain prominent not just on the landscape but in the history and imagination of the West Coast.
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