Back Country

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“A reaffirmation of a back country of the spirit."—Kirkus Reviews

This collection is made up of four sections: "Far West"—poems of the Western mountain country where, as a young man. Gary Snyder worked as a logger and forest ranger; "Far East"—poems written between 1956 and 1964 in Japan where he studied Zen at the monastery in Kyoto; "Kali"—poems inspired by a visit to India and his reading of Indian religious texts, particularly those of Shivaism and Tibetan Buddhism; and ...

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Overview

“A reaffirmation of a back country of the spirit."—Kirkus Reviews

This collection is made up of four sections: "Far West"—poems of the Western mountain country where, as a young man. Gary Snyder worked as a logger and forest ranger; "Far East"—poems written between 1956 and 1964 in Japan where he studied Zen at the monastery in Kyoto; "Kali"—poems inspired by a visit to India and his reading of Indian religious texts, particularly those of Shivaism and Tibetan Buddhism; and "Back"—poems done on his return to this country in 1964 which look again at our West with the eyes of India and Japan. The book concludes with a group of translations of the Japanese poet Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933), with whose work Snyder feels a close affinity. The title, The Back Country, has three major associations; wilderness. the "backward" countries, and the “back country" of the mind with its levels of being in the unconscious.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811201940
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1971
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 937,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    Gary Snyder's best book.

    If you have ever needed to understand quietness and the paradox of also needing people, this book will help.

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