Poets on the Peaks

Poets on the Peaks

Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder & Philip Whalen in the North Cascades

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Based on unpublished letters, journalists, and interviews, this new look at the Beats focuses on the Western experiences of these seminal American writers. 25,000 first printing.

Book News
Boston-based writer and photographer Suiter volunteered as a fire watcher in 1995 while making pictures for a photo-essay commemorating Kerouac's sojourn on Desolation 40 years before. Later he met Snyder and Whalen and made further trips to the Oregon mountains. In addition to his own photographs are those of the poets during the 1950s. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
With Poets on the Peaks, writer-photographer John Suiter has created a literary portrait of Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and Jack Kerouac centered around their experiences as fire lookouts in the early 1950s. Featuring Suiter's evocative photographs of the peaks, fire lookouts, and mountain vistas, as well as numerous historical pictures, the book is also a photographic homage to the Cascadian landscape.
Based on scores of previously unpublished letters, journals, and recent interviews with Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, and others, Poets on the Peaks traces the early development of a community of poets, including the famous Six Gallery reading that took place in San Francisco in October of 1955. It contains cameos by fellow poets and mountain-climbers Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Rexroth, Philip Lamantia and Michael McClure. It is also a book about Dharma and the years of Dharma Bums, from Snyder's 1951 road-side revelation in the Nevada desert that led him to drop out of academia and head for Japan, to Kerouac's lonely vigil with The Diamond Sutra on Desolation Peak, to Philip Whalen's ordination as a Zen priest.

& Taylor

Uses photographs and previously unpublished letters, journals, and recent interviews to present a portrait of the three poets, centered around their individual experiences as fire lookouts in the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Region.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781582431482
Branch Call Number: 811 SUITE


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