“As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth . . .
the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals,
the power-vision in solitude,
the terrifying initiation and rebirth,
the love and ecstasy of the dance,
the common work of the tribe.
I try to hold both history
and the wilderness in mind,
that my poems may approach
the true measure of things
and stand against the unbalance
and ignorance of our times.”~ Gary Snyder