9781593760908

Left Out in the Rain Poems

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    9781593760908

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    1593760906

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-12-09
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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Summary

Inspired by the ancient Chinese proverb, “There’s nothing you can own that can’t be left out in the rain,” this collection charts the journeys of the poet from 1947 to 1985. This book is unique among Gary Snyder’s numerable works, and the poems contained here are as broad in style as the compilation is in timeframe. With a new introduction by the author, Left Out in the Rain captures the evolution of the poet and the man.

Readers will travel with Snyder from the American West to the Far East. From Berkeley to Kyoto, his imagery provides insight into the natural world as well as the human experience. With the span of a few words, Snyder can reveal a universe and then two pages later deftly handle a villanelle. Sensual, sardonic, meditative, epigrammatic, formalist—whatever the tone or structure, these poems all bear the indelible stamp of a master. Always evocative, they remind us why Snyder is one of our most heralded and beloved contemporary poets.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
I. INTRODUCTION 1947-1948
Elk Trails
5(3)
"Out of the soil and rock"
8(3)
II. ON THE DOAB OF THE COLUMBIA AND THE WILLAMETTE 1949-1952
Lines on a Carp
11(1)
A Sinecure for P. Whalen
12(1)
For George Leigh-Mallory
13(1)
Spring Songs
14(1)
Message from Outside
15(1)
A Change of Straw
16(1)
Under the Skin of It
17(1)
"dogs, sheep, cows, goats"
18(1)
Birth of the Shaman Atthis
19(1)
"The painful..."
20(1)
"Her life..."
21(1)
"...Still, she..."
22(1)
Tiger Song
23(1)
"Poorness and..."
24(1)
"You've gone cold..."
25(2)
"Love me love..."
27(1)
"Half-known stars..."
28(1)
Up the Dosewallips
29(1)
Seaman's Ditty
30(5)
III. THE BROAD ROADS OF THE WEST 1952-1956
Bakers Cabin on Boone's Ferry Road
35(1)
Numerous Broken Eggs
36(2)
The Lookouts
38(2)
History Must Have a Start
40(2)
Poem Left in Sourdough Mountain Lookout
42(1)
Geological Meditation
43(2)
Fording the Flooded Goldie River
45(1)
"Svaha a Feminine Ending for Mantra"
46(1)
"Wind has blown..."
47(1)
Song for a Cougar Hide
48(1)
"Plum petals falling..."
49(1)
The Rainy Season
50(2)
The Genji Story
52(1)
Late October Camping in the Sawtooths
53(1)
Point Reyes
54(1)
April
55(1)
Makings
56(3)
IV. KYOTO, AND THE SAPPA CREEK 1956-1959
Longitude 170 West, Latitude 35 North
59(2)
For Example
61(1)
Chion-In
62(1)
Bomb Test
63(1)
Dullness in February: Japan
64(2)
Map
66(2)
The Feathered Robe
68(2)
On Vulture Peak
70(4)
The Bodhisattvas
74(1)
A Monument on Okinawa
75(2)
Straits of Malacca 24 Oct 1957
77(1)
The Engine Room, S.S. Sappa Creek
77(2)
Hills of Home
79(3)
The North Coast
82(3)
V. THE WIDE PACIFIC 1959-1969
One Year
85(3)
Housecleaning in Kyoto
88(1)
Seeing the Ox
89(1)
After the Typhoon Three Poems for Joanne
90(1)
Loving Words
91(1)
The Heart of the Wood
92(1)
Joanne My Wife
93(1)
Tenjin
94(1)
Parting with Claude Dalenberg
95(2)
Crash
97(2)
Two Comments
99(1)
"Riding the hot electric train"
100(1)
Foreigners
101(1)
Kyoto Vacation
102(1)
This Is Living
103(1)
In Tokyo: At Loose Ends
104(1)
English Lessons at the Boiler Company
105(1)
From Below
106(1)
The Fruit
107(1)
The Ride
108(1)
Then
109(1)
Saying Farewell...
110(1)
Farewell to Burning Island
111(4)
VI. SHASTA NATION 1968-1985
First Landfall on Turtle Island
115(1)
Alabaster
116(1)
The Years
117(1)
Burned Out
118(2)
O
120(1)
To Meet with Agaricus Augustus
121(1)
Too Many Chickens Gone
122(1)
For Alan Watts
123(1)
Original Vow
124(1)
No Shoes No Shirt No Service
125(1)
Kine
126(1)
"The Trail Is Not a Trail"
127(1)
Poetry Is the Eagle of Experience
128(1)
Calcium
129(1)
High Quality Information
130(1)
The Arts Council Meets in Eureka
131(1)
Ordering Chile Verde in Gallup
132(1)
Getting There
133(1)
Sustained Yield
134(1)
"Low winter sun..."
135(1)
The Weave
136(1)
Enforcement
137(1)
Yuba Country Autumn
138(1)
The Spirits Wait...
139(1)
Bear
140(1)
Arktos
141(1)
Fear Not
142(2)
I See Old Friend...
144(1)
Waikiki
145(1)
"She dreamed..."
146(1)
We Make Our Vows...
147(1)
At White River Roadhouse...
148(1)
The Persimmons
149(6)
VII. TINY ENERGIES 1970-1984
"Dragonfly"
155(1)
Through
156(1)
Spring
157(1)
For Berkeley
158(1)
The Songs at Custer's Battlefield
159(1)
"Some lovers wake one day"
160(1)
"What history fails to mention is"
161(1)
Channelled Scablands
162(1)
The Taste
163(1)
Home on the Range
164(1)
The Forest Fire at Ananda
165(1)
The Route
166(1)
The Other Side of Each Coin
167(1)
Serves
168(1)
W
169(1)
The Net
170(1)
Tibetan Army Surplus Store
171(1)
"Lots of play"
172(1)
The Orchard
173(1)
Know
174(1)
Gatha for All Threatened Beings
175(1)
"There are those who love to get dirty"
176(1)
Lizards, Wind, Sunshine, Apples
177(4)
How Zen Masters Are Like Mature Herring
g178
VIII. SATIRES, INVENTIONS, & DIVERSIONS 1951-1980
Villanelle of the Wandering Lapps
181(1)
The Professor as Transformer
182(1)
The Elusiad
183(2)
The Third Watch
185(2)
Sestina of the End of the Kalpa
187(2)
Epistemological Fancies
189(1)
A War of Dwarfs and Birds...
190(1)
Exclamations Gone to the...
191(1)
Ballad of Rolling Heads
192(3)
After T'ao Ch'ien
195(1)
After the Chinese
196(1)
Versions of Anacreon
197(3)
Tree Song
200(1)
Joe Hill Fragment
201(1)
Prepotent
202(1)
A Work for Burke
203(1)
smog
204(1)
Sherry in July
205(1)
Coyote Man, Mr. President...
206

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