Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain

Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain

ISBN: 9781571313461
Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 2014. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by James P. Lenfestey. "In the fall of 2006 I traveled to Japan and China seeking the cave of Han-shan, Cold Mountain, a recluse whose poems I have loved for more than thirty years, who took his final name from the place where he lived. I returned with notebooks filled with impressions and poems. Simple enough, I thought, to add back the skeleton and musculature of narration over the beating heart of the poems. In practice, the haibun process pushed me to immerse myself not only in my journals but also in additional studies of Chinese poetry and poets, the Japanese haibun form itself, and, to my surprise, memory." (from author's Preface) A fascinating hybrid work combining poetry, criticism, memoir & travelogue by James P. Lenfestey, a noted journalist, poet, editor & essayist. With laudatory blurbs on back cover including by Robert Bly & the iconic Beat-&-Beyond legend Gary Snyder, who writes: "A lively, profound, and profoundly personal book. It's very captivating, warm and friendly, personal, unguarded, idiosyncratic, pointed but also finally apolitical, and eminently charming." Hardcover in illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued, with front cover illustration by Brice Marden (which rather reminds us of Brion Gysin's style). First Edition, first printing as indicated on copyright page. Lenfestey has hand-signed his name along with a flourish on the title page. An interesting & desirable production, in fine condition with only very slight rubbing of front, back covers & spine; miniscule wear with tiny creases & bumps at edges & corners of same; one very small closed-tear triangular gauge at upper-middle spine edge of front cover; slight loss & fading of "Milkweed Editions" lettering on spine. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Fine. [Item #3170]

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