Wednesday, April 20, 2011

national poetry month

april is national poetry month.

soul man gary snyder is a poet. he lives in the watershed of the south yuba river in the sierra nevada foothills. in honor of national poetry month and earth day, please enjoy his poem "as for poets" from the book the etiquette of freedom (2010), written with jim harrison and edited by paul ebenkamp.  the book includes a dvd of the documentary the practice of the wild. go buy a copy for yourself and gift a copy to someone you love. happy almost earth day ya'll.

As For Poets
by Gary Snyder

As for poets
The Earth Poets
Who write small poems,
Need no help from no man.
The Air Poets
Play out the swiftest gales
And sometimes loll in their eddies.
Poem after poem,
Curling back on the same thrust.

At fifty below
Fuel oil won't flow
And propane stays in the tank.
Fire Poets
Burn at absolute zero
Fossil love pumped back up.
The first
Water Poet
Stayed down six years.
He was covered in seaweed.
The life in his poem
Left millions of tiny
Different tracks
Criss-crossing through the mud.

With the Sun and Moon
In his belly,
The Space Poet
No end to the sky--
But his poems,
Like wild geese,
Fly off the edge.

A Mind poet
Stays in the house.
The house is empty
And it has no walls.
The poem
Is seen from all sides,
At once.

thanks to sansimeonfilms for the youtube video.

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