Poet Gary Snyder’s “No Matter, Never Mind”

Gary Snyder has been amongst my favorite poets for a very long time. I have had the honour of hearing him read his poetry twice. Both times were in Ann Arbor. He is considered one of the Beat poets and his poetry has Buddhist influences. Here is “No Matter, Never Mind.”

No Matter, Never Mind

The Father is the Void
The Wife Waves

Their child is Matter.

Matter makes it with his mother
And their child is Life,
a daughter.

The Daughter is the Great Mother
Who, with her father/brother Matter
as her lover,

Gives birth to the Mind.

by Gary Snyder
from his Pulitzer Prize winning collection titled “Turtle Island”