A Summer Solstice 2018 Poetry Reading

This present moment that lives on to become long ago –from Gary Snyder, This Present Moment: New Poems Mark Wallace Stevens Of Modern Poetry from Collected Poems (1923) Tom Wendell Berry Anger Against Beasts (1971) Robert Creeley, Water (1967) Robert Duncan Styx from Ground Work II: In the Dark (1967) Robert Pack The Big Bang (1968) Denise Levertov A Ring of Changes (1959) Andrea William Wordsworth I Wandered…

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The Ecopoetics of Merwin and Ammons

I take the road that bears the leaves in the mountains I grow hard to see then I vanish On the peaks it is summer –W. S. Merwin, “The Dream Again” In an online interview, transcribed by Don Boes, that appears in a literary magazine our of Wooster, Massachusetts, the Artful Dodge, W. S. Merwin was…

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I Went to the Summit

  I went to the summit and stood in the high nakedness: the wind tore about this way and that in confusion and its speech could not get through to me nor could I address it: still I said as if to the alien in myself I do not speak to the wind now: for…

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This Compost

1 Something startles me where I thought I was safest, I withdraw from the still woods I loved, I will not go now on the pastures to walk, I will not strip the clothes from my body to meet my lover the sea, I will not touch my flesh to the earth as to other…

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Li Po (701–62) | Gary Snyder (1930–)

“Between 3000 and 2500 years ago, ancient China underwent a cultural transformation very similar to that of the modern West: the transformation from a spiritualist to an empiricist worldview, which entailed a rediscovery of consciousness in its original nature as woven into the tissue of existence” (6). -David Hinton Wandering Up Ample-Gauze Creek on a…

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