Beat Generation poet Gary Snyder spent 40 years on "Mountains and Rivers Without End," his epic poem about Zen Buddhism, Native American mythology, and man's connection with nature. "I have found that if you let a poem sit around long enough, you come to see and hear it better," Snyder says. A longtime environmentalist who has worked as a fire lookout and meditated with Japanese monks, Snyder has lived off the grid in the Sierra Nevadas for over four decades. He talks about the release of the newest edition of "Mountains and Rivers," and now nature, politics, and religion shape his poetry.
From the Archives: Beat Poet Gary Snyder on a Poem 40 Years in the Making
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Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor emeritus at UC Davis