Editor Kim Stanley Robinson and illustrator Tom Killion discuss In the Sierra: Mountain Writings by Kenneth Rexroth ($16.95). The late San Francisco poet wrote about the Sierra Nevada better than anyone. Progressive in his environmental ethics, Rexroth’s poetry and prose described the way Californians have long experienced and long loved the High Sierra.
Poet-essayist Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) was a high-school dropout, disillusioned ex-Communist, pacifist, anarchist, rock-climber, critic and translator, Catholic-Buddhist spiritualist and central figure of the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat scene. Kim Stanley Robinson is the Hugo and Nebula prize–winning author of the Mars Trilogy as well as a trilogy of novels about climate change that go under the title Science in the Capital. Tom Killion is a much admired artist whose woodcuts and prints have been inspired by the rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California.