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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
Hardcover
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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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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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