By Mark Gonnerman

In 1997, Mark Gonnerman geared up a yearlong examine workshop on Gary Snyder's Mountains and Rivers forever on the Stanford Humanities heart. participants of what got here to be recognized between school, scholars, and numerous group contributors because the Mountains & Rivers Workshop met usually to learn and talk about Snyder's epic poem. right here the poem served as a commons that became the multiversity right into a college once more, if just for a moment.

The Workshop invited writers, academics and students from Northern California and Japan to talk on quite a few facets of Snyder's nice accomplishment. This publication captures the thrill of those gatherings and invitations readers to go into the poem via essays and talks by means of David Abram, Wendell Berry, Carl Bielefeldt, Tim Dean, Jim steer clear of, Robert Hass, Stephanie Kaza, Julia Martin, Michael McClure, Nanao Sakaki, and Katsunori Yamazato. It comprises an interview with Gary Snyder, appendices, and different assets for additional study.

Snyder as soon as brought a studying of this paintings with regards to whitewater rapids, announcing so much of his writing is sort of a type III run the place you'll just do advantageous by yourself, yet that Mountains and Rivers is extra like classification V: if you are going to make it to take-out, you would like a consultant. As a set of commentaries and heritage readings, this significant other quantity complements every one reader's skill to discover their manner into and during an adventurous and fascinating paintings of art.

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