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Left Out in the Rain: Poems

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Inspired by the ancient Chinese proverb, “There’s nothing you can own that can’t be left out in the rain,” this collection charts the journeys of the poet from 1947 to 1985. This book is unique among Gary Snyder’s numerable works, and the poems contained here are as broad in style as the compilation is in timeframe. With a new introduction by the author, Left Out in the Ra ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 9th 2005 by Counterpoint (first published 1986)
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Maya Day
Jun 04, 2016 Maya Day rated it it was amazing
(High above, the Elk walk in the evening
From one pasture to another
Scrambling on the rock and snow
While their ancient, wandering,
Aimless trails
And their ancient, coarse-haired,
Thin-flanked God
Laugh in silent wind-like chuckles
At man, and all his trails.)
I know what Dante meant now,
when entering that forest
and then the cave, faced by wolves
Jun 08, 2009 Will rated it liked it
It's always interesting to see what Snyder is doing, and so I picked this collection up at the library. None of his classics are compiled here, and yet, I found it to be a fairly enjoyable read. These poems are sometimes difficult to decipher but are intoned honestly enough, and reflect the shortcomings (and long-goings) of the whole beatnik countercultural scene. Thankfully, Snyder was on the frayed edges of that scene, and, as a result, can often rise above the ridiculously antiquated 50's col ...more
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“What history fails to mention is”

What history fails to mention is

Most everybody lived their lives
With friends and children, played it cool,
Left truth & beauty to the guys
Who tricked for bigshots, and were fools

I've not read anything of Snyder's I've not enjoyed, so I knew I was going to love this, especially as, being autobiographical, it was a chance to get to know more about him and his life. It’s full of gems, but the poem above really shone, because it manages to be both direct and
Jun 17, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Snyder fans
Shelves: poetry
This is a mishmash of uncollected poems from 1947 to 1985: some are gems, others less so. Snyder's early beatnik traveling hippie stuff is very accessible, all the stuff about the hiking and the ocean, the mountains and Japan. Sometimes it's a little hippie-beatnik dated, too.

There were a couple of lovely things here though, and in many cases they were poems of more formal craft than I usually associate with Snyder. My favorite was a poem from the 1950s called "The Lookouts," reflecting Snyder's
Apr 08, 2015 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry recently released a collection of letters. I thought I'd look for something by Gary Snyder before reading the letters. I'm not sure that this is his best work, and I'll look for something else that has a higher rating.
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If you want to know what it was like to follow the straight line of hippie-dom, this might help. It alludes to the fallen transcendents, but synder persevered where many swerved.
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I can't say enough good things about Gary Snyder's poetry. The man makes me happy.
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Gary Snyder is an American poet (originally, often associated with the Beat Generation), essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since the 1970s, he has frequently been described as the 'laureate of Deep Ecology'. From the 1950s on, he has published travel-journals and essays from time to time. His work in his various roles reflects his im ...more
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