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POEMS FROM MYTHS & TEXTS (1960)
“This is in the Olympics, the Grey Wolf Valley…”

Reed College, February 14, 1956

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This poem became “Hunting 12.” It had been published under the title “Olympic Mountains,” in July 1955 in Poems & Pictures, a small magazine put out by the Porpoise Bookshop in San Francisco. The Grey Wolf River is a tributary of the Dungeness River in the Buckhorn Wilderness. No variations between recording and the published 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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