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“Lodgepole cone / seed waits for fire…”

Reed College, February 14, 1956

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This poem became “Logging 15.” Variants: In line 9, “Bursting to the wind” became “open to the wind” in the published text. The 10th line—“Clenching the sower”—is deleted in the published text. Snyder gives three asides here: “Keats” he says, after the line “What mad pursuit! What struggle to escape” (from “Ode on a Grecian Urn”); “Nishikigi,” after line 17.

Introductory Remarks to “Groves”
Epigraph: “The wonderful reproductive power of this species…” 
“The morning star is not a star…”
“Pines, under pines…”
“Ray Wells, a big Nisqually, and I…”
“Felix Baran, Hugo Gerlot, Gustav Johnson …”
“Each dawn is clear…”  
“The groves are down, cut down…” 
“Lodgepole cone / seed waits for fire…”

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