POEMS FROM THE BACK COUNTRY (1968)
Reed College, February 14, 1956
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“This is kind of a parody on Robert Graves. It’s not very responsible…” says Snyder, introducing the poem. Graves’ book The White Goddess was a major intellectual influence on Snyder during his years at Reed, and after. Variant in line 12: “Almost alive” in the recorded version became “half-alive” in the published text.