Gary Snyder, writing about a new form of "nature writing" wrote: " I propose this to turn us loose to think about 'wild writing' without preconception or inhibition, but at the same time with craft. The craft could be seen as the swoop of a hawk, the intricate galleries of burrowing and tunneling under the bark done by western pine bark bettles (sic), the lurking at the bottom by a big old trout—or the kamikaze sting of a yellow jacket, the insouciant waddle of a porcupine, the constant steadiness of a flow of water over a boulder, the chatter of a squirrel . . ." (or the graceful gliding of a pelican and its sudden straight down plunge into the water, or an egret standing patiently, oh so patiently til it dips down to seize a fish, or the waves pressing relentlessly on the sand, or a palm standing tall against the water and the wind (or falling when the wind is too high). Snyder continues: "Images of our art. Nature's writing has the potential of becoming the most vital, radical, fluid, transgressive, pansexual, subductive, and morally challenging kind of writing on the scene. In becoming so, it may serve to help halt one of the most terrible things of our time—the destruction of species and their habitats, the elimination of some living beings forever."
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