Gary Snyder, the man whom poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti called 'the Thoreau of the Beat Generation' spoke to a jammed auditorium at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School last night. In town to accept the Robert Creeley poetry award (past winners include Grace Paley, C.D. Wright and John Ashbery) the 79-year-old Snyder read poems, talked about his many years practicing Zen in Japan, and reminisced about such colleagues as Allen Ginsberg -- a formidable ice climber, according to Snyder -- and Jack Kerouac.
Among the many poems Snyder read was a brief three-liner by Californian Lew Welch, who wandered off into the Sierra Nevada with a gun in 1971 and was never seen again.
Art. Everybody tries it
Hardly anybody does it well
Nobody knows why