This Present Moment

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Written by Gary Snyder

 This Present Moment  is a touching and contemplative collection of poems written by an author who seems to be at peace with the world and nature.  Snyder's Zen Buddhist philosophy comes through in these poems, collected and published at age 84.  The effect of the book is calming, reassuring and projects a belief that everything is and will continue to be all right.  

Thank you, Gary, for your contributions to peace, acceptance and nature.

Can Poetry Save the Earth ?

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Written by John Felstiner

Can Poetry Save the Earth?  A Field Guide to Nature Poems is a book for the serious student of Deep Ecology.  John Felstiner has collected a remarkable group of poets and their work.  Gary Snyder says is best:  "It is not about their ideology or activism, but their seeing of the actual world, their 'dreaming' as the Mojave storytellers might say, the story of the earth--and their deeply felt love for it."   Read  and "dream" through the book and you will have deepened your own connection with the spirituality of our planet.

Cold Mountain Poems

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Written by Gary Snyder

Cold Mountain Poems, twenty-four poems by Han-Shan translated by Gary Snyder, is an iconic and exquisite translation of Han-Shan (whose name means Cold Mountain).  Cold Mountain is deep ecology before the term was coined.  The edition pictured above (2013, Counterpoint Press) is a collector's item, with calligraphy, illustrations in Chinese style and a CD of Snyder's lecture about his work given in May, 2012.  The meaning of the poems is deep and the presentation epic.

The Zen of Wilderness and Walking

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Written by Katharine Wroth

The Zen of Wilderness and Walking (wit, wisdom  and inspiration) puts your mind at peace and ease.  The foreword by Bill McKIbben clarifies why we must assure that nature is accessible to everyone--we need it to remain sane.  Katharine Wroth has assembled a collection of quotes and aphorisms that will focus and calm you like a meditation.


Blue Iris

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Written by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, presents here a delicate and heart-touching collection of poems and essays.  A gentle trip into Nature!

 



Spirit of Chinook Looking at Us

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Written by Gritfish

Spirit of Chinook Looking at Us is a collection of jeremiadic poems, hopeful poems, possible solutions and a few cartoons by Gritfish.  The intent of the book is to stir you to action--to inspire environmental activism.  Spirit of Chinook Looking at Us can be purchased as a print-on-demand publication from www.trafford.com or by direct purchase from Gritfish, P.O. Box 82305, Portland, Or.  98232-0353.  Price, including mailing: $22.00.    Profits, if any, will be donated to the environmental NGOs listed in "Take Action".

 



Mountains and Rivers Without End

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Written by Gary Snyder

Began in Berkeley on April 8, 1956, Gary Snyders's long-awaited Mountains and Rivers without End is an epic of geology, prehistory, and mythology.  The poem travels beyond Western traditions to encompass Asian art and drama, Native American performance and storytelling, the practice of Zen Buddhism, and varied landscapes the world over.  It is a moving celebration of earth and sky, rock and water, nature and humanity. 

 



Danger on Peaks

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Written by Gary Snyder

Danger o­n Peaks, Gary Snyder's first collection of new poems in 20 years, begins with a recollection an earlier climb of Mt. St. Helens in 1945 and the news, which he learned o­n descent, of the atomic bombs and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Old Man Coyote and the road signs along a freeway are among the characters about which Snyder writes. The book spans Hiroshima-Nagasaki to the Buddhas of Bamiyan Valley.

 



Shocking Fish Tales

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Written by Ray Troll & Brad Matsen

Ratfish, sculpins, monster halibut, spiny lumpsuckers, and spawning salmon with hooknoses and fertile intent all swim around in Alaskan artist Ray Troll's watery world. Brad Matsen weaves a fascinating mix of legend, natural history, true story, and enviro-message into a text that reminds us that the sea is alive and kicking.

 



River Song

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Written by Craig Lesley

Riversong rejoins Danny Kachiah. introduced in "Winterkill". and his son, Jack. Settling down to salmon fishing on the Columbia River. Danny is drawn into the dispute over fishing rights. is brought face to face with ghosts from his past and is led to his lost heritage.

 



WINTERKILL

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Written by Craig Lesley

Winterkill was awarded the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Best Book Award in 1984. It is described by David James Duncan as conveying "deeply what it means to be a native to a place".

 



Ecotopia Emerging

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Written by Ernest Callenbach

This "prequel" to Callenbach's classic Ecotopia, written in the 1980s, lays out the social and environmental problems that we now, 20+ years later, still struggle with.  The question is, why have we made so little progress in the last two decades--in fact, why do we seem to be going backwards?  Where is Ecotopia with its safe, sustainable environment?

 



Ecotopia

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Written by Ernest Callenbach

The skeptical Weston is overwhelmed. impressed and horrified by the practices of Ecotopia (northern California and Washington before secession from the Union).

 



Look Out: A Selection of Writings (New Directions Bibelots)

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Written by Gary Snyder

A selected collection of Gary Snyder's best work!

 



Dharma Bums

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Written by Jack Kerouac

Kerouac and his hippie buddies (well-known to most progressive thinkers and environmentalists, transparently renamed) search for truth in the mountains, in the forests and o­n the road.

 



The River Why

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Written by David James Duncan. Forbes Duncan

Fishing, romance, intrigue, philosophy, family life and a happy ending on a coastal stream in Oregon. A delightful book which you will find hard to put down!

 



The Way It Is

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Written by William Stafford

This collection of William Stafford's poems reveal many of his themes--his affinity for Native Americans, love of nature, protest of war, and concern about the danders of technology--sublter and powerful in tone; imagery is paramount.  (Library Journal)

 



The Darkness Around Us Is Deep

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Written by William Stafford

Selected poems by William Stafford, poet laureate of Oregon and winner of the Robert Frost award.  Edited and with an introduction by Robert Bly.

 



Turtle Island

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Written by Gary Snyder

"Turtle Island" was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1975.  Mystical, mythobiotic; poems that share a common vision:  a redscovery of the land and the ways by which we might become natives of the place, rather than thinking and acting like invaders.  Includes "Four Changes," Snyder's manifesto for environmental awareness.

 



A Place in Space

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Written by Gary Snyder

Essays o­n ethics, aesthetics and watersheds.

 



Selected Poems

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Written by Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers:  an environmental activist, a powerful poet and an inspiration to Gary Snyder.

 



The Monkey Wrench Gang

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Written by Edward Abbey

Doc Zarvis. Bonnie Abzug. Seldom Seen Smith and Hayduke-- environmental activists in the extreme--take matters into their own hands. A classic by Edward Abbey.

 



Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

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Written by Gary Snyder

This is the 50th Anniversary Edition of Gary Snyder's initial masterwork, written in 1958.  The Riprap poems are deep, absorbing, thought provoking and and ecological. They deal more directly with Snyder's experiences of nature. "Cold Mountain Poems" are Snyder's translation of the poems of Han-Shan, a Chinese Buddhist hermit-poet who lived from about A. D. 700-780.  Snyder concludes his introduction of Han-Shan thus:  "I hold to the principle of the Buddha-mind.  It is fortunate to meet with men of Tao, so I have made this eulogy.   

 



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