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The Back Country (1968)

by Gary Snyder

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Bought used at Powell's. Correctly smells of damp and patchouli. Good poems too. ( )
  kcshankd | Aug 14, 2015 |
This is my favorite book of poetry by Snyder. I think it's much better than Turtle Island, which won the Pulitzer. ( )
  ostrom | Nov 23, 2007 |
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". . . So--when was it--I, drawn like blown cloud, couldn't stop dreaming of roaming, roving the coast up and down . . ."
--Basho
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FOR KENNETH REXROTH
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Fur the color of mud, the smooth loper
Crapulous old man, a drifter,
Praises! of Coyote the Nasty, the fat
Puppy that abused himself, the ugly gambler,
Bringer of goodies.
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The Back Country is one of Gary Snyder's most serious engagements with Eastern culture and thought. Much of the book works to achieve a perspective by means of contrast, as in "Hitch Haiku," a series of haiku (a Japanese form of imagistic, syllabic verse) mostly set in the American West. Perhaps the strongest poem is "Oil," in which Snyder envisions a tanker as a needle bringing our addicted nation "long injections of pure oil."

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