A Dent in a Bucket

By Gary Snyder b. 1930 Gary Snyder
Hammering a dent out of a bucket
      a woodpecker
               answers from the woods

Gary Snyder, “A Dent in a Bucket” from Danger on Peaks. Copyright © 2004 by Gary Snyder. Reprinted with the permission of Counterpoint Press.

Source: Danger on Peaks (Shoemaker Hoard, 2004)

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Poet Gary Snyder b. 1930

Subjects Nature, Jobs & Working, Animals, Activities

Poetic Terms Haiku, Free Verse

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Gary Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” though he has since explored a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism. While Snyder has gained attention as a spokesman for the preservation of the natural world and . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Jobs & Working, Animals, Activities

Poetic Terms Haiku, Free Verse

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