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"Wild nature as the ultimate ground of human affairs"––the beautiful, precarious balance among forces and species forms a unifying theme for the new poems in this collection. The title, Regarding Wave, reflects "a half-buried series of word origins dating back through the Indo-European language: intersections of energy, woman, song and 'Gone Beyond Wisdom.'" Central to the work "Wild nature as the ultimate ground of human affairs"––the beautiful, precarious balance among forces and species forms a unifying theme for the new poems in this collection. The title, Regarding Wave, reflects "a half-buried series of word origins dating back through the Indo-European language: intersections of energy, woman, song and 'Gone Beyond Wisdom.'" Central to the work is a cycle of songs for Snyder's wife, Masa, and their first son, Kai. Probing even further than Snyder's previous collection of poems, The Back Country, this new volume freshly explores "the most archaic values on earth… the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe…”


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"Wild nature as the ultimate ground of human affairs"––the beautiful, precarious balance among forces and species forms a unifying theme for the new poems in this collection. The title, Regarding Wave, reflects "a half-buried series of word origins dating back through the Indo-European language: intersections of energy, woman, song and 'Gone Beyond Wisdom.'" Central to the work "Wild nature as the ultimate ground of human affairs"––the beautiful, precarious balance among forces and species forms a unifying theme for the new poems in this collection. The title, Regarding Wave, reflects "a half-buried series of word origins dating back through the Indo-European language: intersections of energy, woman, song and 'Gone Beyond Wisdom.'" Central to the work is a cycle of songs for Snyder's wife, Masa, and their first son, Kai. Probing even further than Snyder's previous collection of poems, The Back Country, this new volume freshly explores "the most archaic values on earth… the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe…”

30 review for Regarding Wave: Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I may be overly cynical reading this now, with a different set of ideas about what things mean in people, but Snyder's obsessions, and they way they interact with the faith he has adopted from other cultures and an obsession with sex strike me as kind of gross. Not because sex or changing religions is problematic, but because acting as if your stoned hippy interests are actual knowledge or wisdom comes off as smug and patriarchal. That being said, he describes nature in both a concrete and pleasi I may be overly cynical reading this now, with a different set of ideas about what things mean in people, but Snyder's obsessions, and they way they interact with the faith he has adopted from other cultures and an obsession with sex strike me as kind of gross. Not because sex or changing religions is problematic, but because acting as if your stoned hippy interests are actual knowledge or wisdom comes off as smug and patriarchal. That being said, he describes nature in both a concrete and pleasingly lyrical way. I just wish that was what he stuck with.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wlwarner

    This one has the same kind of raw vitality that comes across in The Back Country and Riprap. In particular, "Roots," "Song of the Tangle," and "The Wild Edge" are thoughtful, sensuous, down to earth, and as new today as they were 40-odd years ago, real joys to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grady Ormsby

    There has been a perennial debate over whether (or how) poetry should be accessible. On one side there are those who represent "the mainstream," and feel poetry should appeal to a common reader, communicating universal experiences in a plain and "accessible" language. On the other side there are the "the experimentalists," who feel that language should challenge universality, undermine conventions, and renew language's eccentricities. Regarding Wave by Gary Snyder is definitely in the second cla There has been a perennial debate over whether (or how) poetry should be accessible. On one side there are those who represent "the mainstream," and feel poetry should appeal to a common reader, communicating universal experiences in a plain and "accessible" language. On the other side there are the "the experimentalists," who feel that language should challenge universality, undermine conventions, and renew language's eccentricities. Regarding Wave by Gary Snyder is definitely in the second classification. I enjoyed it. I was definitely challenged by it. I Googled a lot of references. And in many instances I remained puzzled. Like many of the Beat poets, Snyder was a student of Zen Buddhism. Many of his poems are like haiku and evoke koans. Predominant in his poems are the textures, patterns and changes of nature. Many are observational giving the reader moments frozen in time and slices of life. Snyder has published dozens of volumes of poetry. Pick one out, but be prepared to do a little work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aloysiusi Lionel

    The first time I read Gary Snyder's poetry was when a poet-friend gifted me Myths & Texts. It was also my first encounter with that distinct poetic form, deviating from the rudiments of rhyme and meter, without losing the pulchritude of rhythm. The same, effortless style is manifested in Regarding Wave, a book of "music" the traveler-poet found in the running water, in the beauty of canyons and cliffs, in the suburbs of architecturally compulsive Japan, in his own exoticizing gaze of domestic lo The first time I read Gary Snyder's poetry was when a poet-friend gifted me Myths & Texts. It was also my first encounter with that distinct poetic form, deviating from the rudiments of rhyme and meter, without losing the pulchritude of rhythm. The same, effortless style is manifested in Regarding Wave, a book of "music" the traveler-poet found in the running water, in the beauty of canyons and cliffs, in the suburbs of architecturally compulsive Japan, in his own exoticizing gaze of domestic love, and in his wife and son which serve as the genuine sources of his strength to go the distance. I might not be totally drawn by his poetics, but I praise his insistence that Nature gives man the guts to devote himself in the realms of the supernatural.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    THE TRADE I found myself inside a massive concrete shell lit by glass tubes, with air pumped in, with levels joined by moving stairs. It was full of the things that were bought and made in the twentieth century. Layed out in trays or shelves The throngs of people of that century, in their style, clinging garb made on machines. Were trading all their precious time for things

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julien L

    Great mix of nature and personal poetry. This is powerful reading in 2019

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Snyder is my favorite living poet. Regarding Wave in New Directions paperback includes the sexiest poem I've ever read. "Song of the Tangle" lives on just one little page of a book originally published in the 1960's. If you are the kind of person who imagines romantic encounters that include the reading of a poem, if you meet a partner who won't smirk when you pull out a book, give "Song of the Tangle" a try. I hope I get the chance to share it one day.

  8. 5 out of 5

    amy

    He's onto something, living with a calm soul, I think.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott Adelson

    the man still levels my head.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    this may be the sexiest book of all time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    Best poetry I've ever read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Kirbach

    I've owned this book for years and keep coming back to it. Now I want to drag it out into the light again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    like a japanese whitman. even though he's american...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hazlett

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly Ratcliff

    Original living.

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    Derek

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelty Walker

  19. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Petty

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie Williams

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    Josh Cairney

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  28. 5 out of 5

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