Gary Snyder

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Gary Snyder (born May 8, 1930) 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.

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  • If, after obtaining Buddhahood, anyone in my land
    gets tossed in jail on a vagrancy rap, may I
    not attain highest perfect enlightenment.
    • Burning, from No Nature; New and Selected Poems (1992)
  • I recalled when I worked in the woods
    and the bars of Madras, Oregon.
    That short-haired joy and roughness—
    America—your stupidity.
    I could almost love you again.
    • I Went into the Maverick Bar, from No Nature; New and Selected Poems (1992)
  • I never did know exactly what was meant by the term "The Beats," but let's say that the original meeting, association, comradeship of Allen Ginsberg, myself, Michael McClure, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Philip Whalen, who's not here, Lew Welch, who's dead, Gregory Corso, for me, to a somewhat lesser extent (I never knew Gregory as well as the others) did embody a criticism and a vision which we shared in various ways, and then went our own ways for many years.
    • The Beat Vision (1974)

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