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POEMS FROM MYTHS & TEXTS (1960)
“Now some poems about bears…”

Reed College, February 14, 1956

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This poem became “Hunting 6,” with the subtitle “this poem is for bears” in the published version. Also in the published version, Snyder added an Ainu saying as an epigraph to the poem: “As for me I am a child of the god of the mountains.” Finally, the last line of the recorded poem—“That’s what they said to me”—was cut from the final text.

BEASTS
Introductory Remarks to “Beasts”
“First Shaman Song: In the village of the dead…” 
“‘Birds’—Birds in a whirl, drift to the rooftops…” 
“The swallow shell that eases birth…”
“Now some poems about bears…”
“‘Deer’—I dance on all the mountains…”
“‘Tiger’s Song’: I gnaw the body of delight…”
“The head of the mountain goat is in the corner…” 
“‘Mouse’— Cat wouldn’t finish that mouse…”
“Two Dance Songs for a Four-Crowned Dancing Hat”
“This is a poem for Maitreya, the future Buddha…”
“Gull came down slantwise over the deck…”
“This is in the Olympics, the Grey Wolf Valley…” 
“The Dosewallips Valley…In the ruins of a CCC shelter…”
“First day of the world…”
“How rare to be born a human being…”

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