2005-09-26: danger on peaks

danger on peaks (2004)

by Gary Snyder (1930-)

This is a book of poems apparently composed as a unified work. Snyder begins with his first ascent of Mt. St. Helens in 1945, and of learning the next day that Hiroshima had been bombed by an atomic bomb. Later in the book are poems connected with the devastation of Mt. St. Helens by its own blast.

I found the book very touching in many places, particularly Summer of ’97, about building a house, and part VI, After Bamiyan, referring to the Taliban’s destruction of the Afghan buddhas.


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