Even at high-altitude acclimatization camps, he did not stop writing poems in his 7+2 Mountain Climber’s Diary. He climbed and trekked to the most pristine vantage points on earth, from which he contemplated his life in the 21st century. He carried his poetic sensibility to the peaks.
Introduction 1. Kilamanjaro 2. Chomolungma 3. Brushes with Death 4. Mount McKinley 5. Mount Elbrus 6. The South Pole 7. Vinson Massif 8. Aconcagua Peak 9. Carstensz Pyramid 10. The North Pole 11. Cho Oyo (highest peak in Tibet) Poems from Green Tara Afterword
“These poems simultaneously celebrate the human spirt and the natural world, just as they critique our impact on the very landscapes within which we dwell. It is my hope that these poems become like mountain passes, navigable routes through the mountain range of different languages, cultures, classes, and ecological experiences. Our planet’s most magnificent mountain ranges have long presented humans with forbidding barriers to travel, trade, and communication, and as such have become deeply lodged into our species psyche. While summiting peaks may provide a fleeting moments of nearly omniscient perspective, poetry can serve as lasting passes through which we may cross for generations to come. “ — Jonathan Stallings