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Passage Through India (Expanded and Illustrated)

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May 1, 2009 | Paperback | 7 x 8.7, 136 pages | ISBN 9781593761783
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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.”

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 more than twenty collections of poetry and prose. Since 1970 he has lived in the watershed of the South Yuba River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Snyder has also been awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry and the Robert Kirsch Lifetime Achievement Award. His 1992 collection, No Nature, was a National Book Award finalist, and in 2008 he received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Snyder is a poet, environmentalist, educator and Zen Buddhist.

ROBERT HASS is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author and a former poet laureate of the United States. His books include Time and Materials, Sun Under Wood, and Summer Snow: New Poems. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Whether he's writing poetry or prose, Snyder is direct and plainspoken, exuding the sort of authority earned by sustained contemplation and honest work."

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