Filled with wisdom and love for the planet and all its beings, Gary Snyder’s book-length poem, Mountains and Rivers Without End, was 40 years in the making. Anthony Hunt opens this presentation with an introductory overview of the poem and takes a closer look at a few individual sections. Hunt leads a class discussion of the poem’s Buddhist philosophy and ritual, East Asian painting and theater, Native American storytelling, world mythology, archetype, legend, prehistory and history, geography and geology, biology and ecology.
Anthony Hunt holds a PhD in English from UNM and taught for 30 years at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez before retiring. He was a Senior Fulbright-Hays lecturer in American Literature at universities in Poland and Croatia. His publications include his own poems, scholarly essays, and his book on the poet Gary Snyder, Genesis, Structure and Meaning in Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers Without End.