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Axe Handles: Poems by Gary Snyder

Axe Handles: Poems (1983)

by Gary Snyder

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Found hardcover, used, at Powell's this week. I was delighted to find this copy to be 'ex libris' from McMinnville OR library. ( )
  kcshankd | Jul 24, 2015 |
Gary Snyder continues to be a leading speaker for
"the real work, what must be done" = reinhabiting
Turtle Island. In our minds, in our real lives.
  hadwalmer | Sep 22, 2006 |
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How do you shape an axe handle?
Without an axe it can't be done.
How do you take a wife?
Without a go-between you can't get one.
Shape a handle, shape a handle,
the pattern is not far off.
And here's a girl I know,
The wine and food in rows.
--From Book of Songs (Shih Ching) (Mao no. 158): A folk song from the Pin area, 5th c. B.C.
This book is for San Juan Ridge
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One afternoon the last week in April showing Kai how to throw a hatchet one-half turn and it sticks in a stump.
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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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