Earth House Hold by Gary Snyder
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Full title: “Earth House Hold: Technical Notes & Queries to Fellow Dharma Revolutionaries”
Author photo (insert): “Gary Snyder, author of Earth House Hold and The Back Country,” pub. New Direction (© photo credit: Nathan Sivins).
Cover photo: “Homage to Edward Weston,” William Suttle.
Jacket design: David Ford.
Snyder’s enigmatic personality, as it gradually established itself over the development of his poetry career, is given unprecedented further definition by this publication of his collected essays and journals; in other words, this volume is a revelation of a poet's poet, writing in prose. “Earth House Hold,” a play on the roots of the word “ecology,” is part homage, part training-guide to a Snyder-style study of those Eastern- and native peoples-inspired systems for belief and observation of the world. The fragments, notes, and insights here give more than glimpses to those subjects of attachment that are at work in his poems, in an un-self conscious voice and unwarranted demonstration of the poet’s abilities amidst an already influential, revolutionary artistic career.