Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

by Gary Snyder


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By any measure, Gary Snyder is one of the greatest poets in America in the last century. From his first book of poems to his latest collection of essays, his work and his example, standing between Tu Fu and Thoreau, have been influential all over the world. Riprap, his first book of poems, was published in Japan in 1959 by Origin Press, and it is the fiftieth anniversary of that groundbreaking book we celebrate with this edition. A small press reprint of that book included Snyder’s translations of Han Shan’s Cold Mountain Poems, perhaps the finest translations of that remarkable poet ever made into English.

Reintroducing one of the twentieth century's foremost collections of poetry, this edition will please those already familiar with this work and excite a new generation of readers with its profound simplicity and spare elegance.

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The master of lucid meditation . . . Readers are fortunate to have what Snyder wants to pass on.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Long ago staked his claim as one of America's finest poets . . . [An] unswerving integrity [is] present throughout the development of Snyder's poetic sensibility.”
Boston Herald

“As early as the 1950s, before ecology became a household word, Snyder understood things about our civilization and economy that no one else was talking about, and he wrote about them with great authority and a sinewy line.” —Richard Tillinghast, The Nation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582436364
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 223,631
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.23(d)

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