[Item #6263] The Old Ways. Gary Snyder.
The Old Ways
The Old Ways

The Old Ways

San Francisco, CA: City Lights, 1977. First Edition. Softcover. “‘Mankind has a rendezvous with destiny in Outer Space.’ Some say. We are already traveling in space. This is the galaxy, right here. The wisdom and skill of those who studied the universe first hand, by direct knowledge and experience, for millennia, both inside and outside themselves, is what we might call the Old Ways. Those who envision a possible future planet on which we continue that study, and where we live by the Green and the Sun, have no choice but to bring whatever science, imagination, strength, and political finesse they have to the support of the inhibitory people—natives and peasants of the world. Entering such paths, we begin to learn a little of the Old Ways, which are outside of history, and forever new.” (from back cover) Gary Snyder (b. 1930), the Canonical Beat Generation, San Francisco Renaissance & environmentalist American poet who is still with us & active as of this writing at the age of 93, & whose works have been enshrined in the venerable Library of America series, is indisputably one of the greatest poets America has ever produced. Snyder began his career in the 1950s as a noted member of the “Beat Generation,” although his career spans a wide range of social and spiritual matters in both poetry and prose. Snyder’s work blends physical reality and precise observations of nature with inner insight received primarily through the practice of Zen Buddhism (much like Allen Ginsberg and for a time Jack Kerouac). While Snyder has gained attention as a spokesman for the preservation of the natural world and its earth-conscious cultures, he is not simply a “back-to-nature” poet with a facile message. The Old Ways is a collection of six essays that cover everything from pseudo-Buddhist philosophy to literary theory in which Snyder explores the depths of his thoughts on said fields. From the illustrious City Lights Publisher in San Francisco (Cook, 121, pg 128). Softcover Original: First Edition, as stated on copyright page, First Printing with all points from Cook, including $2.50 price on back cover. Book is in Fine condition with minimal wear to fine edges, light smudging/staining to front and back covers and spine. Fine. [Item #6263]

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