Wed 29 Mar 2006
“The worlds like an endless four-dimensional Game of Go.” Gary Snyder makes a very significant statement with this line of his poem RIPRAP. In this poem Snyder compares writing a poem to laying down a path made of riprap. He brings nature and poetry together. While he has many intriguing ideas in this poem I was most attracted by the “endless four-dimensional Game of Go” that he recognizes. Snyder and I seem to share the belief that world is always moving too fast. Everything and everyone is constantly on the go always having more to do. It is rare that you will find time to stop and just look at things, or appreciate things, or truely put the amount of time that is really needed into a project. Everything has a deadline and must be completely at the most efficient rate. Snyder addresses two things that should have more recognition and needs more time to simply be observed. These two tihngs which he discusses are poetry and nature. He says “lay down these words before your mind like rocks. placesd solid, by hands in choice of place” He says that we need to put our time and attention into writing poetry. He says that each word needs to be chosen specifically and put in its exact place. Like in nature, every rock and “creek-washed stone” has its own specific spot, but we simply never have the time to notice. I agree with Snyder in that people should slow down and really just stop and take a look at things. People should appreciate things more, and put more time and care into the things they do. The constant “Game of Go” keeps everyone moving too fast, and we are unable to see the small beautiful details.