Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 155: Ginsberg and Snyder...

It rained yesterday afternoon, last night--and again this morning. With clouds in the forecast, there is no "dry season" in sight. Since I have a couple of backpacking trips coming up (the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail), it is time to put in a bit more effort in the walking department. Angel and I took a long, long walk---amazed at the lush, green growth this late in the season.

Thoughts of "Eaarth" by Bill McKibben in this long lasting rainy season. The climate is changing and this June rain is evidence of it. Over the next twenty years, will we continue to have feast or famine when it comes to rainfall? We might be better off here in northern California, as the only glacier in the US that is growing is the one on Mt. Shasta (some 100 miles to the north).

And I finished The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder last night. Mostly I was interested in their discussion of "Kitkitdizze"--the property they owned together located around forty to fifty miles south of here in the Sierra Foothills. Gary Snyder gave me the idea to live in the Foothills. At one point, our next Governor Jerry Brown wanted to purchase the property next to Snyder and company. Seems Snyder had a good idea.

It was a long and fruitful relationship for Snyder and Ginsberg. Much of the book discusses "Kitkitdizze" and how to enjoy and make the property work. Eventually, Ginsberg sold his house on the property to Snyder. Ginsberg called his house: Bedrock Mortar.

Writers often give names to their property and houses. Witness Jack London's "Wolf House". Kitkitdizze and Bedrock Mortar follows within that tradition.

Snyder wrote of his relationship to Ginsberg in the introduction: "I made him walk more, and he made me talk more. It was good for both of us."


greentangle said...

Or Robinson Jeffers' Tor House out there in CA. Have you been there?

It's been raining or threatening to rain ever since I got to Yellowstone.

Allan Stellar said...

Hey Green,

I've been to Monterey, but I haven't toured Jeffers house. I did give Joni a book of his poetry for Christmas. Very dark stuff.

I've been living vicariously through you with your adventure in Yellowstone. Too bad you have to work so darned much. I think 20 hours a week would be plenty when you are, essentially, offering your services, relocating and nearly donating your abilities.


greentangle said...

Allan, that's how I felt about working here before I got this job. Now that the pay and job have changed, I'm not minding the 40 hours a week (of course, I haven't actually done it yet!)--it's been so long since I've had a serious job with bright coworkers that it feels good.