Host(s): A. Poulin, Jr. and Stan Sanvel Rubin
Tape order number: C-266
Visit Date: November 8, 1972
Length: 57 minutes
Brief Summary: Snyder talks about the influence of growing up poor on a farm in Depression-era Washington state on his later development as a poet. His childhood, his studies in anthropology, and his early working life in logging and forestry shaped him into a committed environmentalist and advocate of non-Western philosophies; from these developed his ideas that poets and artists are in touch with "primitive," and are the "national parks" of civilization. Speaking the day after Nixon's reelection, Snyder asks, "But what did he win?" and suggests that the issues of the 1970s will not be political, but will be about energy and the need to build a sustainable future.
Our job as poets...is to keep a measure of sanity into modern times, no need to think of ourselves as eccentrics or freaks.
-- Gary Snyder