Back on the Fire: Essays

Front Cover, May 7, 2010 - Fiction - 248 pages
In Back on the Fire, Snyders essays offer his reminiscences on a wide range of topics, from art in Paris to logging on the American West Coast. Throughout the work he gives a powerful voice to nature, whose protests often get lost amid the human d...

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A few years ago, I met Gary Snyder at an event at Baylor. I had read some of his poetry, and I was in awe of all those I read. A friend passed along a copy of his volume of essays, Back on the Fire ... Read full review

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This essay collection by Pulitzer Prize winner Snyder (A Place in Space ) contains the latest thoughts of a great poet with a lifelong devotion to the world, humanity, and literature. Snyder discusses ... Read full review

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Gary Snyder was born in San Francisco, California on May 8, 1930. He received a B.A. in anthropology at Reed College in 1951. Between working as a logger, a trail-crew member, and a seaman on a Pacific tanker, he was associated with Beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso and studied in a Zen monastery in Japan. He wrote numerous books of poetry and prose including Danger on Peaks, Mountains and Rivers Without End, No Nature: New and Selected Poems, The Practice of the Wild, Regarding Wave, and Myths and Texts. He received an American Book Award for Axe Handles and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for Turtle Island. He has also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Bollingen Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Levinson Prize from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the Shelley Memorial Award. In 2012, he received the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement by the Academy of American Poets.

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