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Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder in Berkeley, California, in 2008. (Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Major works:
Turtle IslandThe Real WorkA Place in SpaceMountains and Rivers Without End

“Between his readings in Modernism and his readings in Native American myth and his readings in Chinese poetry and Buddhism, we had what felt like a completely fresh and original way of looking at where we are that burst into poems that were at once familiar and completely unfamiliar.”—Robert Hass

“The appeal of Snyder’s poems, especially in this Pulitzer Prize–winning volume, is the way these poems become vehicles, as Snyder writes, that ‘speak of place, and the energy-pathways that sustain life. Each living being is a swirl in the flow, a formal turbulence, a song.’ The attentive reader of such song-poems inhabits the places and feels that energy both in specific lines and stanzas, as well as in the totality of each poem. His poems move us, drive us back to our fundamental roots, both literally and figuratively.”—Anthony Hunt

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