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Passage Through India

An Expanded and Illustrated Edition

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May 12, 2009 | Paperback | 7 x 9, 152 Pages | ISBN 9781593761783
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“Whether he’s writing poetry or prose, Snyder is direct and plainspoken, exuding the sort of authority earned by sustained contemplation and honest work.” —Booklist

In 1962, after studying Buddhism in Japan, Gary Snyder, with his former wife, the poet Joanne Kyger, joined Allen Ginsberg and his companion Peter Orlovsky for a long trip to India “to see the hearth-land of the Buddha’s teachings.”

As always, Snyder kept extensive journals of his travels and, in this particular case, also wrote the whole account in one long letter to his sister. Passage Through India brings both together in celebration of and reverence for India and its teachings. As Snyder writes in his original preface, “I honor India for many things: those neolithic cattle breeders who sang daily songs of love to God and Cow, as a family, and whose singing is echoed even today . . . The finest love poetry and love sculpture on earth . . . But most, the spectacle of a high civilization that accomplished art, literature, and ceremony without imposing a narrow version of itself on every tribe and village.”

Complete with over a hundred photos from Snyder’s personal collection, Passage Through India is an opportunity to join one of our most heralded and beloved poets on a great spiritual journey under “an eternal sky of stars, and on a beginningless earth.”

About Gary Snyder

GARY SNYDER is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and prose, Gary Snyder won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992 and 2005. He has been awarded the Bollingen Poetry Prize, the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2008 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Praise

“Whether he’s writing poetry or prose, Snyder is direct and plainspoken, exuding the sort of authority earned by sustained contemplation and honest work.” —Booklist

“As early as the 1950s, before ecology became a household word, Snyder understood things about civilization and economy that no one else was talking about, and he wrote about them with great authority and a sinewy line.” —The Nation

“Snyder has not been subsumed by our culture but has consistently stood off to the side, giving his work a grand range far beyond academic claustrophobia.” —Jim Harrison, author of The Great Leader

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