The Practice of the Wild

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Catapult, Jan 10, 2004 - Poetry - 224 pages
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“In spare, eloquent prose” the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet “presents a series of essays that probe the essence of humanity, nature, and their symbiosis” (Library Journal).
The nine essays collected here display Gary Snyder’s deep understanding and wide erudition in the ways of Buddhist belief, wildness, wildlife, and the world. He begins his meditations on The Practice of the Wild by defining wilderness not as a distant landscape untouched by mankind, but as any inclusive habitat that provides for many forms of life. In his words, wilderness “is a place where the wild potential is fully expressed, a diversity of living and nonliving beings flourishing according to their own sorts of order.”
These essays, first published in 1990, are widely considered an essential text on the subject of wilderness and stand as the mature centerpiece of Snyder’s work and thought. As Library Journal affirmed, “This is an important book for anyone interested in the ethical interrelationships of things, places, and people, and it is a book that is not just read but taken in.”

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Gary Snyder was part of the beat generation, but unlike his contemporaries who gravitated more towards fiction, throughout his life, he wrote poetry and essays reflecting on nature, and has worked as ... Read full review

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Both a poet and a philosopher, Snyder has proved to be a find and a keeper! Starting into poerty in the 1950's Beatnik Movement, Snyder, in the '60s, studied Zen-Buddism for several years in Japan and ... Read full review


The Etiquette of Freedom
The Place the Region and the Commons
Tawny Grammar
Good Wild Sacred
Blue Mountains Constantly Walking
Ancient Forests of the Far West
On the Path Off the Trail
The Woman Who Married a Bear
Survival and Sacrament
By Way of Thanks

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About the author (2004)

Gary Snyder has published sixteen books of poetry and prose. His book Turtle Island won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975. He has won numerous other awards, including the Bollingen Poetry Prize and the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Times. Since 1970 he has lived with his family in northern California in the watershed of the South Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.

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