Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

A selective list of online literary criticism for San Francisco poet Gary Snyder, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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An introduction to Gary Snyder from Modern American Poetry with the following articles: About Gary Snyder; Chronology; On "Riprap"; On "Straight-Creek--Great Burn"; On "Beneath My Hand and Eye the Distant Hills, Your Body"; On "I Went Into the Maverick Bar"; On "Axe Handles"; "Gary Snyder: A Postmodern Perspective," an essay by Todd Ensign; "Poem as Work-Place: Gary Snyder's Ecological Poetics," an essay by Nick Selby. Modern American Poetry (U of Illinois), ed. Cary Nelson.

"Gary Snyder." A comprehensive introduction to Snyder, covers his interest in Buddhism, with links to some of his best known poems. Poetry Foundation.

"The Post Natural World." An interview with Gary Snyder. Poetry Foundation

A very brief introduction to Gary Snyder from the Academy of American Poets

Murphy, Patrick D. A substantial introduction to Gary Snyder from the Literary Encyclopedia, 21 March 2002 [subscription service]

literary criticism

Beach, Christopher. "Pound's Words in Their Pockets: Denise Levertov and Gary Snyder." ABC of Influence: Ezra Pound and the Remaking of American Poetic Tradition. Complete book available online, U of California P, 1992

Bryson, J. Scott, ed. Ecopoetry: A Critical introduction (U of Utah Press 2002). Brief blurb on chapters covering Snyder's poetry of the environment.

Campbell, James. "High peak haikus," a profile of Gary Snyder and review of Danger On Peaks (2004). The Observer, 16 July 2005

Gray, Timothy G. "Semiotic Shepherds: Gary Snyder, Frank O'Hara, and the Embodiment of an Urban Pastoral." First page of article only. Contemporary Literature 39, 4 (Winter 1998)

Gray, Timothy. Publisher's blurb for Gary Snyder and The Pacific Rim. Creating Countercultural Community (U of Iowa 2006). Also, a review. The Beat Review 1, 2 (Oct. 2007)

Phillips, Rod. Review of "Forest Beatniks" and "Urban Thoreaus": Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Lew Welch, and Michael McClure (Peter Lang Publishing 2000). Reviewed by Mary Sands in Jack Magazine, 1, 2

Snyder, Gary. Gary Snyder speaks about his study of haiku, on receiving in Japan a grand prize for his haiku. Modern Haiku, 36, 2 (Summer 2005).

Suiter, John. An essay about John Suiter's Poets on the Peaks, "Gary Snyder on Crater Mountain, 1952, " by Noel V. Bourasaw. Skagit River Journal

Whitaker, Thomas R. "Gary Snyder." Suggestions for teaching Gary Snyder's poetry include comparing it to William Carlos Williams, for their similar interest in particulars and how they suggest a pattern and link with the universal. Heath Guides.

"Poetry and Action." Prague Writers' Festival director Michael March interviews Gary Snyder about environmental and social responsibility. The Guardian, 30 May 2007

Inventory of the Gary Snyder papers, Special Collections at the U of Calif., Davis

"Creative Reading and Writing: Mind Moving." A non-traditional syllabus, from Naropa, for a class focusing on "Philip Zenshin Whalen and Gary Snyder's early processes of artistic synthesis and fusion along with their Buddhist appropriations and assimilations." Contains archival audio clips

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