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In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California, readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for more than a century. With freshness and sustained delight, Tamalpais W In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California, readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for more than a century. With freshness and sustained delight, Tamalpais Walking explores Mt. Tamalpais's natural, cultural, historic, and spiritual dimensions. It is a book shaped by two master craftsmen collaborating on an enterprise nurtured by long and passionate involvement. The artwork is the product of Tom Killion's decades of depicting and interpreting the mountain's many moods and aspects. Gary Snyder has been hiking Mt. Tamalpais since 1948, and through poetry and a new, revealing essay he offers his thoughts on the mountain, its history, and the practice of walking meditation. Further enriched with Killion's essays on the mountain's history and selections from the work of Jack Kerouac, Ina Coolbrith, Kenneth Rexroth, and Lew Welch, Tamalpais Walking takes us deep into Mt. Tamalpais's pathways, offering original, revelatory views of a mountain prominent not just on the landscape but in the history and imagination of the West Coast.


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In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California, readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for more than a century. With freshness and sustained delight, Tamalpais W In a new collaboration by the authors of the bestselling The High Sierra of California, readers are introduced to the unique mountain overlooking San Francisco Bay. A source of story and myth since time began, Mt. Tamalpais has inspired conservationists, trail builders, botanists, artists, and poets for more than a century. With freshness and sustained delight, Tamalpais Walking explores Mt. Tamalpais's natural, cultural, historic, and spiritual dimensions. It is a book shaped by two master craftsmen collaborating on an enterprise nurtured by long and passionate involvement. The artwork is the product of Tom Killion's decades of depicting and interpreting the mountain's many moods and aspects. Gary Snyder has been hiking Mt. Tamalpais since 1948, and through poetry and a new, revealing essay he offers his thoughts on the mountain, its history, and the practice of walking meditation. Further enriched with Killion's essays on the mountain's history and selections from the work of Jack Kerouac, Ina Coolbrith, Kenneth Rexroth, and Lew Welch, Tamalpais Walking takes us deep into Mt. Tamalpais's pathways, offering original, revelatory views of a mountain prominent not just on the landscape but in the history and imagination of the West Coast.

48 review for Tamalpais Walking (Cloth): Poetry, History, and Prints

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    I'd give this book 10 or 20 stars if I could, it certainly deserves them. Because it is a coffee-table format, to give the gorgeous art the room it deserves, I'm afraid I'd treated it as a coffee-table book: I'd pick it up, flip through to enjoy the artwork, and put it down again. Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak requiring us to stay at home as much as possible, I finally read the book, and it is wonderful! The subtitle is "Poetry, History, and Prints," so I guess it is appropriate that i finally I'd give this book 10 or 20 stars if I could, it certainly deserves them. Because it is a coffee-table format, to give the gorgeous art the room it deserves, I'm afraid I'd treated it as a coffee-table book: I'd pick it up, flip through to enjoy the artwork, and put it down again. Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak requiring us to stay at home as much as possible, I finally read the book, and it is wonderful! The subtitle is "Poetry, History, and Prints," so I guess it is appropriate that i finally read it during poetry month. But the history side of the book is equally fascinating! If you can afford a coffee-table art book, buy it, you'll always be glad to have Tom Killion's incredibly impressive and beautiful art work to gaze upon whenever you like, but if you can't afford that, by all means see if your library has it, because it is an enjoyable and fascinating read. No doubt especially of interest to those of us lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, but rewarding for anyone interested in poetry, the history of outdoor recreation and parks, and of course to anyone interested in art, as Tom Killion has included informative illustrations of his print-making technique which is very impressive.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christy

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Henry Berry

    The woodcut and letterpress artist Killion has a Japanese touch to his artwork. The modest graphic style and the coloring remind one of Japanese woodcuts, as does the nature subject matter. Killion's prints though concern Mount Tamalpais north of San Francisco. It's a nature area popular with hikers and campers and also arousing spiritual feelings. Gary Snyder's poetry goes along with Killion's prints concerning the Mount Tamalpais notable throughout the region for physical and spiritual reasons The woodcut and letterpress artist Killion has a Japanese touch to his artwork. The modest graphic style and the coloring remind one of Japanese woodcuts, as does the nature subject matter. Killion's prints though concern Mount Tamalpais north of San Francisco. It's a nature area popular with hikers and campers and also arousing spiritual feelings. Gary Snyder's poetry goes along with Killion's prints concerning the Mount Tamalpais notable throughout the region for physical and spiritual reasons. Snyder's poems with haiku-like lines mirror physical aspects of nature and spirituality in connection to nature. Beyond his poetry, Snyder embraced an Asian, Zen-like spirituality and lived close to nature. He spent much time hiking about Tamalpais, and he spent time in Japan to experience Asian spirituality directly. Besides the art work, Killian writes fetching essays for the book. Snyder contributes journal-like parts going back to the 1950s and '60s. But the two are not the only ones found. Quotes from the writings of Kenneth Rexroth, Jack Kerouac, Ina Coolbright and anecdotes on such authors representing the fusion of Asian spirituality and American openness of spirit and attraction to nature are interwoven into the text. There are 14 full-page color woodcuts of Killion's including the frontispiece. Others are of varying sizes in full-color or shades of dark colors. Coming upon the woodcuts of all sizes throughout the pages, one is drawn to them again and again perusing their details of coastline, clouds, craggy earth, and slopes. One wants to notice Killion's technical skill and spots of originality in this art, and also enjoy again and again the aesthetic and spiritual freshets afforded by them. At the end are three pages of color woodcuts four to a page. The book is a rare book published these days, or ever. Not falling neatly into a marketing or shelving category of the book trade, it is a risky publishing venture even considering the reputations of the artist and poet. Despite this, no effort or expense has been spared in design or production. Though it has aspects of each, Tamalpais Walking cannot be reduced to a nature book, an art book, or a book of spirituality. These aspects are joined ideally; and to some point brought together subliminally, although the book is founded in the particular place of Mount Tamalpais. Primarily it's a book of spiritual and artistic enjoyment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Durr

    A great book by an incredible artist

  5. 5 out of 5

    jen

    Beautiful prints and interesting tidbits of the history of Mt. Tam and some of the artists and poets who where inspired by this mountain. If you spend much time outside in the Bay Area, you'll definitely want to take a look at this just for the views of Mt. Tam from multiple vantage points in the Bay Area. Beautiful prints and interesting tidbits of the history of Mt. Tam and some of the artists and poets who where inspired by this mountain. If you spend much time outside in the Bay Area, you'll definitely want to take a look at this just for the views of Mt. Tam from multiple vantage points in the Bay Area.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    beautiful pictures, nice to read about trails we have been on

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Beautiful book. Enlightening, lovely.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tripp Borstel

    A must read for any lover of Mt. Tam

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    I liked the artwork and the general history, I never got into really reading the book and the details of the essays. Would like to get back there and do some major hiking.

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