Episode 28: Tea Talk – Danger on Peaks & Back on the Fire

Tea Talk:  Book by Gary Snyder, "Danger on Peaks" and "Back on the Fire."

Haiku Chronicles is back on the fire with a discussion and review of two books by poet and writer, Gary Snyder, “Danger on Peaks” and “Back on the Fire” with hosts Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli. This episode includes excerpts of Gary Snyder reading from his book, “Danger on Peaks” and more.

Intro Quote:
The higher the trail the steeper it grows
Ten thousand tiers of dangerous cliffs
The stone bridge is slippery with green moss
Cloud after cloud keeps flying by
Waterfalls hang like ribbons of silk
The moon shines down on a bright pool
I climb the highest peak once more
To wait where the lone crane flies
— Shide, Chinese Buddhist Monk and Poet,
from the Cold Mountain Poems (8th century, China)

Special Thanks To:

Naropa University’s Archive Project for the recording of Allen Ginsberg’s introduction of Gary Snyder at his 1983 poetry reading in Boulder, CO.

University of California, Berkeley for the 2009 audio of Gary Synder from their “Lunch Poems” a noontime poetry reading series, under the direction of Professor Robert Hass

Deep Dish TV’s Series: The Lannan Foundation Presents Writers Uncensored for Gary’s closing remarks

NOTE:  All Audio excerpts from Internet Archive for educational non-commercial use only. See individual Creative Commons Share and Restrictions.

Photograph of Mount St. Helens by the U.S. Geological Survey