Gary Snyder Axe Handles: Poems

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Axe Handles: Poems

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This book was Snyder's first collection of poetry after Turtle Island, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974. The poems in Axe Handles reveal the roots of community in the family, and also explore the transmission of cultural values and knowledge. Above all, these are poems about language--that is, language as the preeminent manifestation of culture. In the title poem, we read: "I am an axe / And my son a handle, soon / To be shaping again, model / And tool, craft of culture, / How we go on."

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The title poem of this collection may be Snyder's strongest poem of the 1980s, and this is high praise. Incorporating Snyder's familiar and welcome themes of nature, family and eastern philosophy, it is a passage into a world of insights, small epiphanies, the rhythms of nature and culture, speech and sky, revealing themselves between these lines. Do yourself a favor and take a look at Axe Handles.

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Axe Handles is Gary Snyder's first collection of new poems since Turtle Island, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974.

In Axe Handles Mr. Snyder reveals the roots of community in the family and explores the transmission of cultural values and knowledge. These are poems about language - language as the preeminent manifestation of culture.

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