DANGER ON THE PEAKS
PGW/Shoemaker & Hoard
Gary Snyder’s first collection of new poems in twenty years extends and deepens his signature concerns--the natural world (observed with great attention and love), impermanence, the consequences of human greed. On Mount St. Helens in 1945 he vows to fight against the forces that resulted in Hiroshima, and he returns fifty five years later to say thank you to the spirits of the mountain for giving him the energy and vision to live into his vow. Danger On Peaks is also interesting for its stylistic variety—long poems, very short poems, and pages that combine prose and poetry that evoke Basho’s Narrow Road. The publication of this wonderful book is reason once again for us to give thanks to Gary Snyder for the clarity and beauty of his work.