Danger on Peaks: Poems

Danger on Peaks: Poems

Gary Snyder / Jun 25, 2019

Danger on Peaks Poems As a Pulitzer Prize winning poet bioregional activist Zen Buddhist and reluctant counterculture guru Gary Snyder has been a major artistic force in America for over five decades extending far bey

  • Title: Danger on Peaks: Poems
  • Author: Gary Snyder
  • ISBN: 9781593760809
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, bioregional activist, Zen Buddhist, and reluctant counterculture guru, Gary Snyder has been a major artistic force in America for over five decades, extending far beyond the Beat poems that first brought his work into the public eye.Danger on Peaks begins with poems about Snyder s first ascent of Mount St Helens in 1945 and his learning tAs a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, bioregional activist, Zen Buddhist, and reluctant counterculture guru, Gary Snyder has been a major artistic force in America for over five decades, extending far beyond the Beat poems that first brought his work into the public eye.Danger on Peaks begins with poems about Snyder s first ascent of Mount St Helens in 1945 and his learning that atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the morning of his descent Containing work in a surprising variety of styles, creating an arc shaped trail from these earliest climbs to what the poet calls poems of intimate, immediate life, gossip and insight, Danger on Peaks is Snyder s most personal work ever.

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        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 , The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 21 36, October 19, 2007, from enpedia w indexp t


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    1. This is a collection of poetry and some reflective prose--usually as background to the poetry--published in 2005, when Snyder was 75. He put out another book of poems in 2013 and 2015--at 85--which I have not yet read. I guess I have been reading Snyder off and on all my life, but not lately much at all. I read this because I recently read The Book of Haikus by Kerouac, not liking it much, but in it he pays homage to Snyder, who was associated with the Beats through friendships with Kerouac, Gin [...]


    2. A collection of prose and poetry, I read this alongside Fire Season. Gary Snyder worked summers as a fire lookout and wrote poetry and meditations inspired by his experiences on the peaks.


    3. The review I wrote for LitKicks:Near the beginning of Gary Snyder's new book, the poet asks, "Who wouldn't take the chance to climb a snowpeak and get the long view?" While the question is part of a piece about climbing Mt. St. Helens, it can be read as an invitation as well -- who wouldn't take the chance to follow him into Danger on Peaks and see the view? The long view -- mountains and loved ones (past and present) and the land -- offers glimpses of "beings living or not, beings or not,/ insi [...]


    4. "If you want to get a view of the world you live in, climb a little rocky mountain with a neat small peak. But the big snowpeaks pierce the realm of clouds and cranes, rest in the zone of . . . writhing crackling dragons . . . into a pure transparency of blue" (7, "The Climb).Understanding the fear of falling (for Christsake: Danger on Peaks!) is fundamental to understanding this collection. For any fear to be remedied--not repressed or redirected--one first must accept that fear, and not as som [...]


    5. when i picked up this book from library, two things attracted me to borrow this - 1. the title of the book reminded me of david lynch and mark frost's creation, "twin peaks", and 2. i read one gary snyder poem, and it intrigued me to borrow this book to read more of his poemsme years ago, i read, one of my all-time most favourite writers, jack kerouac's "the dharma bums" where he embarked on a journey to climb a mountain and to stay in a house nearby (perhaps) with one of his friends accompanyin [...]


    6. it's alright. does bring you to those moments when you're standing somewhere vast and ancient and the feeling of awe arrives. Here's one of the first poems in the book - titled "Atomic Dawn"The day I first climbed Mt. St. Helens was August 13, 1945.Spirit Lake was far from the cities of the valley and news came slow. Though the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima August 6 and the second dropped on Nagasaki August 9, photographs didn't appear in the Portland Oregonian until August 12. Thos [...]


    7. Gary Snyder's Danger On Peaks is a collection of prose poetry and verse poetry about mountains, peaks, vales, and people. The speaker, who is most likely Snyder himself, recalls times of hiking and climbing. He observes nature in all its facets--animals, plants, self, inanimate rock and snow. I cheated and skipped over the very prosey pieces. I'm not into nature writing. In fact, I think I'm becoming a very lazy reader. I used to cling to every syllable, especially to those of the Beats, the Bla [...]


    8. While the United States of America was winning the war in Japan, bombing Hiroshima with a nuclear weapon, Gary Snyder was walking up Mount Saint Helens. A few days later when he heard the news of what our country had done (news traveled slow in those days), he made a vow between himself and the mountain, to fight the forces of destruction that had unleashed this amazing destructive force.I think anyone who has spent any time on a high mountain, alone with their thoughts and the Spirit, would und [...]


    9. The opening section of this book with its dislocation of time and events, of climbing Mt. Helens unaware of the "atomic dawn" elsewhere, sets the stage for the collapsing of time(s) to come. The distinctive "haiku plus prose" style of many of these sections manifests such collapsing, juxtaposing the long and short of it, if you will. Some marvelous images buried in here: hundreds of white-fronted geesefrom nowherespill the wind from their wingswobbling and sideslipping down(from "Spilling the Wi [...]


    10. I entered this book knowing only three things about Gary Snyder:1. He was often linked with the Beat Movement2. He was often described as a "nature" poet3. He taught at UCDavisA volume written near the end of his career, it seems a little haphazard (but knowing little about his style, that may be purposeful?). Sections of highly descriptive prose interspersed with lyrical, almost haiku-like stanzas comprised the first section, which focused on the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Some of it felt like [...]


    11. Snyder in peak form (ha ha). There's nothing here that will surprise long-time readers, but there's nothing that will disappoint. More of an elegiac quality than before, which comes as no surprise with Snyder moving on through his 70s. I'd been working on a short poem about a dead baby rabbit the week I was reading this. It made me smile to come across Snyder's short poem on the same topic, which demonstrated to me with great clarity how much I have to learn both about seeing the world and trans [...]


    12. An amazing book dealing with the biggest questions of life, meaning and death. Connects Snyder's early experience mourning the tragedy of atomic bombs on Japan; Mt St Helens exploding; Bamiyan; 9/11. Largely a Buddhist framework for understanding that in this world of changes, all is impermanent.I read this shortly after losing a very good friend in the mountains and it helped greatly with understanding the loss and what life is.Snyder's poetry is accessible, enjoyable, and really adds value to [...]


    13. Unfortunately for me, Gary Snyder reads slow. He uses so many specifics that I don't know that it's easy for me to skip over the small things, regardless of what they're referring to.He uses fantastic imagery and he's very succinct, especially in his short poems. The mixture of prose and poetry is interesting, but I think I would prefer one over the other, if simply not to upset the pacing of the book as a whole. I enjoyed both, don't get me wrong, but after reading a chunk of prose I feel like [...]


    14. Wonderful book by one of my favorite poets. This volume finds Snyder in a mellow, reflective mood benefiting his years. The general concerns are the same--humanity's place in the great world ecology, via the central and northern parts of the western North American coast-- but this time its viewed mostly thru gentle looks at relationships that have mattered to the poets over the years.Good stuff. Highly recommended!


    15. Snyder carves a enveloping arc from Hiroshima to today by way of Mt. Saint Helens his this collection of poems and prose. It is not only an trail through the wilderness but though his life and the changes of America through the second half of the 20th century. The book describes both the big picture and the personal life of a great American figure. I was fortunate enough to hear Snyder read from this book and his voice still narrates it for me. He is an engaging and intriguing figure.


    16. In fragments of recollections, notes, prose and free-form poems, Gary Snyder, like his friend Kerouac a veteran of Cascade Mountain fire lookouts, weaves a thrilling tribute to Mount St. Helens and its role as eruptive symbol of a living planet, a world that hasn't finished making and remaking itself. An ambitious and unique poetic achievement that rivals William Carlos Williams' "Paterson."


    17. I like Gary Snyder's prose, but the poetry here left me a little cold overall. The poems had tremendous range, and felt almost like Whitman in some ways, but where Whitman feels universal, these poems felt like they were all about Gary.


    18. The ordinary world of the west encounters zen. Love the way the natural world is always seen as a presence - even when disaster strikes - Hiroshima to 9/11. Not traditional poetry, but always compelling.


    19. so i must admit that i'm not quite as smitten with this book as snyder's other work--it didn't seem to have quite the same clarity or cleverness--but still very much worth reading, with some truly beautiful passages. i am, however, obsessed enough as to lack critical judgment.



    20. "April Calls and ColorsGreen steel waste binsflapping black plastic lidsgobbling flattened cardboard,far off, a backup beeper"He's apparently not kidding







    21. Probably need to read some of his earlier work to put this in context. He wasn't on my short list was on my medium list. Don't know if I have time for anything but short list.


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