Riehlife Poem of the Day: Gary Snyder’s “How Poetry Comes to Me”

When I lived in Northern California, one of my great treats was to hear Gary Snyder perform his poetry with musicians in a cozy old-fashioned theatre…and another time….to hear him read and speak at the University of California at Davis. What remains of his presence for me is a sense of dignity…integrity…and a man of principle who has found ways to live in the principles. —JGR


How Poetry Comes to Me
by Gary Snyder
No Nature: New and Selected Poems

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays
Frightened outside the
Range of my campfire
I go to meet it at the
Edge of the light

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