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Turtle Island Describing the title of his collection of poetry and occasional prose pieces Gary Snyder writes in his introductory note that Turtle Island is the old new name for the continent based on many creati

  • Title: Turtle Island
  • Author: Gary Snyder Michael Corr
  • ISBN: 9780811205467
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Describing the title of his collection of poetry and occasional prose pieces, Gary Snyder writes in his introductory note that Turtle Island is the old new name for the continent, based on many creation myths of the people who have been here for millennia, and reapplied by some of them to North America in recent years The nearly five dozen poems in the book range fromDescribing the title of his collection of poetry and occasional prose pieces, Gary Snyder writes in his introductory note that Turtle Island is the old new name for the continent, based on many creation myths of the people who have been here for millennia, and reapplied by some of them to North America in recent years The nearly five dozen poems in the book range from the lucid, lyrical, almost mystical to the mytho biotic, while a few are frankly political All, however, share a common vision a rediscovery of this land and the ways by which we might become natives of the place, ceasing to think and act after all these centuries as newcomers and invaders Of particular interest is the full text of the ever relevant Four Changes, Snyder s seminal manifesto for environmental awareness.

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    1. My Favorite collection of Snyder's poetry.For AllGary SnyderAh to be aliveon a mid-September mornfording a streambarefoot, pants rolled up,holding boots, pack on,sunshine, ice in the shallows,northern rockies.Rustle and shimmer of icy creek watersstones turn underfoot, small and hard as toescold nose drippingsinging insidecreek music, heart music,smell of sun on gravel.I pledge allegianceI pledge allegiance to the soilof Turtle Island,and to the beings who thereon dwellone ecosystemin diversityu [...]

    2. One of many, many under-mentioned, under-appreciated texts of the Beat generation's impact on writing. Burroughs, be he successful, enigmatic and insanely smart, had too much self-destruction and hatred in him to consciously benefit anybody besides himself. I read some of his novels and just didn't appreciate the sarcasm, irony, cynicism, anger, spite, whatever you want to call itBurroughs shot his own wife. As a bar trick. The fact that he got away with it, I think, is what makes a lot of peopl [...]

    3. Sometimes I think I like the idea of Gary Snyder as poet more than I enjoy reading the actual poetry. Still, there are moments of descriptive clarity in this classic that really hit you (in a good way). In his final (prose) part to Turtle Island, in the piece titled "Wilderness", Snyder writes:"The reason I am here is because I wish to bring a voice from the wilderness, my constituency. I wish to be a spokesman for a realm that is not usually represented either in intellectual chambers or in the [...]

    4. 2.5 stars. More to come later. The low rating does not mean I disliked all the poems. There were a few superb poems in this collection that I definitely connected with. Snyder definitely has talent; at his best, his verse has a gorgeous simplicity.Unfortunately, too many of the poems in this collection serve merely as a vehicle for imparting political information. I have nothing against political poetry in general I love books by Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and others. The problem in Snyder's c [...]

    5. Gary Snyder’s Turtle Island an exceptional book of poetry that is filled with fabulous images of nature that only a poet the quality of Snyder could pull off. He blends his Earthly imagery with his straightforward writing style to tell the truth in a way that seems to get the point across harder that a sledgehammer yet it sounds as beautiful as a sunrise on the beach. I mean not only does Snyder deliver incredible verse after incredible verse in the book but the title on the book also stands [...]

    6. A few years after “Turtle Island” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, I had the pleasure of hearing Gary Snyder read from it at a fundraiser for a Santa Cruz alternative high school. I picked it up again after rereading “The Dharma Bums,” Jack Kerouac’s book about his friendship with Snyder. It is still as charming and relevant today as it was almost 40 years ago. “Turtle Island” refers to how Native American creation myths describe the North American continent: a combination of waters [...]

    7. I Went into the Maverick BarBY GARY SNYDERI went into the Maverick Bar In Farmington, New Mexico.And drank double shots of bourbon backed with beer.My long hair was tucked up under a capI’d left the earring in the car.Two cowboys did horseplay by the pool tables,A waitress asked us where are you from?a country-and-western band began to play “We don’t smoke Marijuana in Muskokie” And with the next song, a couple began to dance.They held each other like in High School dancesin the fifties; [...]

    8. I had heard that Gary Snyder was a great poet and he was one of the healthiest of the Beats, a lifelong devout lover of the Great Spirit and one of the main subjects of Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums", one of Jack's best books. I've read most of the poems from "Turtle Island" (planet Earth) so far - really great, very serene. This looks to be one of the most virtuosic books of poetry I've read since Raymond Carver or Snyder's pals Kerouac & Ginsberg. This kind of poetry is why the form is amazin [...]

    9. Am revisiting Gary Snyder's poetry, the subject of my bachelors thesis, during subway rides. This book especially was so formative for me. Reading it is like praying.

    10. 3.5 stars. Snyder's collection, which won the Pulitzer for Poetry in 1975, is a celebration of nature and a call for humans to live with their environment as stewards rather than as exploiters. It feels like the last gasp of hippie idealism--and, perhaps, hypocrisy--before the explosion of Me Generation excess in the 70s and 80s. While Synder's poetry is delicate, direct, melodic, and beautifully rendered, I could have done without the essays at the end that preach solutions that only illustrate [...]

    11. This 1975 book of poems (with a little "straight talk" in prose at the end) won a Pulitzer and has, heaven forbid, Historical Significance as an authentically North American work of art. The caucasian author assembles an authentic convergence of native American and American Zen spirituality with the emerging ecological awareness of its time. Every page roars with passion for the planet, all of her flora and fauna, and certainly for her human children.

    12. This is the edition to own, but hard to find now that it is out of print. I love taking this book with me backpacking because it fits in a cargo pocket and reads well on the trail. This is a lovely collection of insightful poems by Gary Snyder written around the time of the birth of the modern environmental movement. I harrows warnings of the trappings of modern culture, sings songs of the ancients and expresses his undying affection for his family and the land.

    13. One of my all-time favorite poetry collections; I can't believe I'm just now adding it to my shelf. I used to read Snyder all the time in high school and college. Sometimes I thought he would persuade me to become a conservationist for a living, but instead I suppose he was one of the voices that persuaded me to be a writer.

    14. All these years and I hadn't read this one until now. I like it not only from an "eco-poetry" angle, but also to look back on the 30+ years since it was written and consider what effect it has had on the American environmentalist movement--and on poets who have come (and gone) after Snyder. I recognize his style in other poets--definitely a huge influence.

    15. Every time I read something by Gary Snyder, I want to run out and read more, prose or poetry. His essays and his poems have an earthy transcendence - a combination of insight and common sense. He makes you wonder why it's so hard for us to live as we should.

    16. Another great collection from a Beat Poet. Snyder was the only beat to get into environmental issues and the natural world, he was also into Asian philosophy, by way of Kenneth Rexroth. Great stuff, particularly "For All", one of my all-time favorites.

    17. this collection of hippie/beat eco-poetry (plus a manifesto about saving the earth the end) was exactly what i needed to read this won the pultizer in 1975 but is still incredibly relevant. especially the one about the avocado. haha.

    18. Gary Snyder is the inspiration for Japhy Ryder in The Dharma Bums. More importantly, he is a talented poet as demonstrated through this book.

    19. This book epitomizes why Gary Snyder is one of my favorite poets. This book makes me so happy. I honestly feel like a better person for knowing Snyder's work. I wish I could meet him

    20. Snyder is my favorite poet. Turtle Island sort of sets the stage for his other works for me. Classic.

    21. Moving. I was somewhat turned off by the mysticism, but appreciate Snyder's sentiment. The poetry is beautiful, and it makes this son of the city seek a closer relationship with earth.

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