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AXE HANDLES - Poems by Gary Snyder

Snyder, Gary

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ISBN 10: 0865471193 / ISBN 13: 9780865471191
Published by North Point Press, San Francisco, 1983
From Ed Buryn Books (Nevada City, CA, U.S.A.)

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First new collection of poems since 1974. Nice bright crisp copy. Flat-signed on title page: "Gary Snyder, Yuba Watershed Country 1999." 5-3/4 x 8-1/4, 114 pp, beige endpapers. Fine unmarked, in Fine unclipped jacket. Hardccover in blue cloth boards, in color illus jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 20174

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Title: AXE HANDLES - Poems by Gary Snyder

Publisher: North Point Press, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 2nd printing..

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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."


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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