Some books tell you pretty stories, some books touch you not at all, but some books, like this beautiful treatise on the wilderness within us and without, pick you up and set your feet on unexpected paths. You cannot read a book that contains so much heart and not be changed by the experience. I am still on the inner winding path started by Gary Snyder’s essays on the wild, and discovering new and unexpected vistas at every turn. His poetry is truthful, his observations heartfelt and brutal, and his call for humanity to see its place within the context of Wilderness impossible to ignore. Make no mistake – this is a love story and I love it.
“In Western Civilization, our elders are books.”
“As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the Neolithic: 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.”
“Having a place means that you know what a place means…what it means in a storied sense of myth, character and presence but also in an ecological sense…Integrating native consciousness with mythic consciousness”