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Description - Earth House Hold by Gary Snyder

"As a poet," Snyder tells us, "I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic; the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying intuition and rebirth; the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe." He develops, as replacement for shattered social structures. a concept of tribal tradition which could lead to "growth and enlightenment in self-disciplined freedom. Whatever it is or ever was in any other culture can be reconstructed from the unconscious through meditation...the coming revolution will close the circle and link us in many ways with the most creative aspects of our archaic past."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811201957
ISBN-10: 0811201953
Format: Paperback
(206mm x 134mm x 12mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1969
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Reviews - Earth House Hold by Gary Snyder

US Kirkus Review » Some enterprising young scholar should write a book about Rousseauistic philosophy and Buddhist thought and he'd have an instant best-seller. As it is we must make do with the gentle essays and notes of Gary Snyder, erstwhile member of the Beat Generation, poet, and devotee of Zen. "The mercy of the West," says Snyder, "has been social revolution; the mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void." Envisioning a coming revolution, the meeting of cultural polarities, he looks forward to a "totally integrated world with matrilineal descent, free-form marriage, natural-credit communist economy, less industry, far less population and lots more national parks." One smiles, for this water color utopia is easy to make fun of, especially with the irresistible pull of technology breathing down our collective necks. Yet the ideas of neo-tribalism, agape, spiritual renewal (re meditation and/or drugs), and anarchist doctrines (both the political and sexual variety) appear to be flourishing around the globe, from Levi-Strauss and McLuhan to Mao's Red Guard. If the upheaval is complex and contradictory (Snyder, for instance, rejects the Marxist tradition which he considers as bankrupt as the Judaeo-Christian one), it is still the most potent intellectual climate of our day. Indeed, for many of the young it has all the sacred allure of a new religion, long dormant but now surfacing - what Snyder calls "this subculture of illuminati." Jotting down his experiences at a Kyoto monastery, travels abroad a Pacific tanker, or studies of ecological patterns amongst the American Indians, Snyder is very much the involved participant, seeker of wisdom, harmony, rebirth. An honest testament. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Gary Snyder

Born in 1930 in San Francisco, Gary Snyder grew up in the rural Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Reed College in 1951 with degrees in anthropology and literature, and later, 1953-56, studied Japanese and Chinese civilization at Berkeley, returning there to teach in the English Department. Throughout these years, Gary Snyder worked at various outdoor jobs-as a seaman, as a lookout in Mt. Baker National Forest, as a choker setter for a logging company, on a trail crew at Yosemite National Park. These experiences are integrally reflected in such works as Riprap and Myths and Texts. As he has remarked, "I've come to realize that the rhythms of my poems follow the rhythm of the physical work I'm doing and the life I'm leading at any given time-which makes the music in my head which creates the line." After participating in the San Francisco revival, the beginning of the beat poetry movement, with Ginsberg, Whalen, Rexroth and McClure, Snyder quietly went off to Japan in 1955 where he stayed for eighteen months, living in a Zen monastery. In 1958, he joined the tanker "Sappa Creek" and traveled around the world. In early 1959 he again returned to Japan where, apart from six months in India, he studied Kyoto under Oda Sesso Roshi, the Zen master and Head Abbot of Daitoku-Ji. He has spent further time (1966-67) in Japan on a Bollingen research grant. In 1969 he received a Guggenheim grant and toured the Southwestern United States visiting various Indian tribes.

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