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RipRap, Gary Snyder's meditations on mountain life are masterfully observant of his 1950s wanderings. Those of you who’ve heard Gary read in person will feel like he’s right next to you, that incredible voice. I feel the chill air, "Sleeping in saddle blankets under a bright night sky," and smell the cedar burning in the woodstove. It's palatable.
His translation of Han Shan’s "Cold Mountain Poems" maintains all the cranky humor with the exalted natural beauty. I became the puckish monk in the wilderness, intimate with all around me.
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Poetry for the minimalist taoist and ripe with romantic nature-loving contemplation. Gary Snyder's adoration of Japan and the Japanese is easily transmitted through sparingly described imagery. Clear Taoist influence in his writing style; you have to fall into the rhythym of his words like a wave.