The Lindisfarne Tapes

Gary Snyder: Songs of the Life Cycle

Episode Summary

Gary Snyder, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Turtle Island, reads from his work to illustrate the way in which he is currently thinking about poetry. He suggests that poetry represents songs of the life cycle, and shares poems that embody birth, childhood, adolescence, work, love, celebration, healing, and death. (Episode photo courtesy of

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Snyder delivered this lecture in 1976 at a Lindisfarne Guest Lecture Series.