Axe Handles: Poems

Axe Handles: Poems

by Gary Snyder
     
 

ISBN-10: 1593760574

ISBN-13: 9781593760571

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Counterpoint Press


In Axe Handles Mr. Snyder reveals the roots of community in the family and explores the transmission of cultural values and knowledge.
"In making the handle of an axe by cutting wood with an axe the model is indeed near at hand." In exploring this axiom of Lu Ji’s, Gary Snyder continues:

I am an axe
And my son a handle, soon
To be

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In Axe Handles Mr. Snyder reveals the roots of community in the family and explores the transmission of cultural values and knowledge.
"In making the handle of an axe by cutting wood with an axe the model is indeed near at hand." In exploring this axiom of Lu Ji’s, Gary Snyder continues:

I am an axe
And my son a handle, soon
To be shaping again, model
And tool, craft of culture,
How we go on.

This is a collection of discovery, of insight, and of vision. These poems see the roots of community in the family, and the roots of culture and government in the community.
Formally, the 71 poems in Axe Handles range from lyrics to riddles to narratives. The collection is divided into three parts, called "Loops," "Little Songs for Gaia," and "Nets," each containing poems of disciplined clarity. Gary Snyder knows well the great power of silence in a poem, silence that allows the mind space enough to discover the magic of song.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593760571
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
114
Sales rank:
1,192,777
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Axe handles5
For/from Lew7
River in the valley8
Among10
On top11
Berry territory12
Bows to drouth14
The cool around the fire16
Changing diapers18
Beating the average19
Painting the North San Juan School21
All in the family23
Fence posts24
So old26
Look back28
Soy sauce30
Beetle trails32
Walking through Myoshin-ji34
Fishing catching nothing35
At the Ibaru family tomb36
Strategic air command37
Eastward across Texas38
Working on the '58 Willys pickup39
Getting in the wood41
True night43
Walked two days in snow63
Geese gone beyond65
Three deer one coyote running in the snow67
White sticky68
Old pond70
24:IV:40075, 3:30 PM71
I:VI:4007772
The grand entry77
Under the sign of Toki's79
Talking late with the governor about the budget81
"He shot arrows ..."83
Arts councils84
"What have I learned ..."85
A maul for Bill and Cindy's wedding89
Alaska90
Dillingham, Alaska, the Willow Tree Bar91
Removing the plate of the pump93
Glamor94
Uluru wild fig song95
Money goes upstream101
Breasts103
Old rotting tree trunk down105
For a fifty-year-old woman in Stockholm107
Old woman nature108
The canyon wren110
For all113

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