As our regular readers no doubt know, poet Gary Snyder (above) was represented in Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums as Japhy Ryder. Today is Gary's birthday (he is 83) and The Daily Beat wishes him a happy one! On Facebook today someone called him a "wilderness essayist." He might appreciate that (definitely more than "Beat poet," an eponym he eschews).
In honor of Gary's birthday, let's read some of his poetry (click here). If you follow this link and haven't been to Poets.org before, do some looking around. It's a great resource.