Does this mean that a Christian poet cannot be as successful as one who does not write about their religion?
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But having read his work, I do not believe this to be the case. It seems instead that what Leax lacks is nothing more than the ambition it takes to be a recognized and celebrated poet in the mainstream market. Rather, his deep and simple poems are a spiritual discipline, one he is willing to share with us, and one many surely have enjoyed throughout his decades long career.
I like nature; I just have never really enjoyed reading nature poetry. John Leax writes a lot of nature poetry, and he does it well.
But he is at his best when he turns from the trees and birds in front of him and comments on the people next to him and behind him. Perhaps the ability to make accurate and meaningful observations in people is a product of the discipline of making observations in nature, something at which Leax is both experienced and talented.
Pablo Neruda - We Are Many Liberal Arts for the Snyder received the Zen precepts and a dharma name Chofu , "Listen to the Wind" , and lived sometimes as a de facto monk, but never registered to become a priest  and planned eventually to return to the United States to 'turn the wheel of the dharma'.
This last was the beginning of a project that he was to continue working on until the late s.
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Much of Snyder's poetry expresses experiences, environments, and insights involved with the work he has done for a living: logger, fire-lookout, steam-freighter crew, translator, carpenter, and itinerant poet, among other things. During his years in Japan, Snyder was also initiated into Shugendo , a form of ancient Japanese animism , see also Yamabushi.
In the s, Snyder took part in the rise of a strand of Buddhist anarchism emerging from the Beat movement. In , this would become his home, with the Snyder family's portion being named Kitkitdizze. On the island, on August 6,  , he married Masa Uehara, whom he had met in Osaka a year earlier. In , they moved to the San Juan Ridge in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Northern California, near the South Yuba River, where they and friends built a house that drew on rural-Japanese and Native-American architectural ideas.
In his book The Back Country appeared, again mainly a collection of poems stretching back over about fifteen years. Snyder devoted a section at the end of the book to his translations of eighteen poems by Kenji Miyazawa. Regarding Wave appeared in January , a stylistic departure offering poems that were more emotional, metaphoric, and lyrical.
From the late s, the content of Snyder's poetry increasingly had to do with family, friends, and community.
He continued to publish poetry throughout the s, much of it reflecting his re-immersion in life on the American continent and his involvement in the back-to-the-land movement in the Sierra foothills. Snyder wrote numerous essays setting forth his views on poetry, culture, social experimentation, and the environment.
Snyder's journals from his travel in India in the mids appeared in under the title Passage Through India. In these, his wide-ranging interests in cultures, natural history, religions, social critique, contemporary America, and hands-on aspects of rural life, as well as his ideas on literature, were given full-blown articulation.
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In , Snyder became a professor in the writing program at the University of California, Davis. Snyder is now professor emeritus of English. Snyder was married to Uehara for twenty-two years; the couple divorced in Snyder married Carole Lynn Koda October 3, — June 29, ,  who would write Homegrown: Thirteen brothers and sisters, a century in America , in ,   and remained married to her until her death of cancer.
She had been born in the third generation of a successful Japanese-American farming family, noted for its excellent rice.
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She shared Buddhism, extensive travels, and work with Snyder, and performed independent work as a naturalist. As Snyder's involvement in environmental issues and his teaching grew, he seemed to move away from poetry for much of the s and early s. However, in he published the complete Mountains and Rivers Without End , a mixture of the lyrical and epic modes celebrating the act of inhabitation on a specific place on the planet.
This work was written over a year period. It has been translated into Japanese, French and Russian. In Snyder published Danger on Peaks , his first collection of new poems in twenty years. For his ecological and social activism, Snyder was named as one of the visionaries selected in by Utne Reader.
Snyder's life and work was celebrated in John J. Healy's documentary The Practice of the Wild. The film, which debuted at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival , features wide-ranging, running conversations between Snyder and poet, writer and longtime colleague Jim Harrison , filmed mostly on the Hearst Ranch in San Simeon , California. The film also shows archival photographs and film of Snyder's life.
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Gary Snyder uses mainly common speech-patterns as the basis for his lines, though his style has been noted for its "flexibility" and the variety of different forms his poems have taken. He typically uses neither conventional meters nor intentional rhyme. The author and editor Stewart Brand once wrote: "Gary Snyder's poetry addresses the life-planet identification with unusual simplicity of style and complexity of effect. Such imagery can be both sensual at a personal level yet universal and generic in nature.
Readers become explorers on both a very private level as well as a very public and grand level. A simplistic touch becoming a very complex interaction occurring at multiple levels. This is the effect Snyder intended. In an interview with Faas, he states, "There is a direction which is very beautiful, and that's the direction of the organism being less and less locked into itself, less and less locked into its own body structure and its relatively inadequate sense organs, towards a state where the organism can actually go out from itself and share itself with others.
Snyder has always maintained that his personal sensibility arose from his interest in Native Americans and their involvement with nature and knowledge of it; indeed, their ways seemed to resonate with his own. And he has sought something akin to this through Buddhist practices, Yamabushi initiation, and other experiences and involvements. However, since his youth he has been quite literate, and he has written about his appreciation of writers of similar sensibilities, like D. Lawrence , William Butler Yeats , and some of the great ancient Chinese poets. William Carlos Williams was another influence, especially on Snyder's earliest published work.
NOOK Book. He is, in short, a delight and a comfort. He speaks from the New England which is Appalachia - poverty, exploitation, and good people. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Vermont Arts Council.
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