Writing, Buddhism, and Living in PlacesA collection of interviews and letters between beloved poet Gary Snyder and South African writer and scholar Julia Martin
In this thoughtful, affectionate collection of interviews and letters spanning three decades, beloved poet Gary Snyder talks with South African writer and scholar Julia Martin. Over this period many things changed decisivelyglobally, locally, and in their personal livesand these changing conditions provide the back story for a long conversation. It ...
At the project’s heart is Snyder’s understanding of Buddhism. Again and again, the conversations return to an explication of the teachings. Snyder’s characteristic approach is to articulate a direct experience of Buddhist practice rather than any kind of abstract philosophy. In the version he describes here, this practice finds expression not primarily as an Asian import or a monastic ideal, but in the specificities of a householder’s life as lived creatively in a particular location at a particular moment in history. This means that whatever topic” a dialogue explores, there is a sense that all of it is about practicethe spiritual-social practice of a contemporary poet.
"Gives wise advice about writing and life....His joy in ideas is contagious."Publishers Weekly
"This engrossing collection grants us a new perspective on Snyder and his work and compellingly human insights into Buddhism, writing, and place."Booklist
Julia Martin has done a fine job of bringing Gary Snyder to the fore in her committed study of one of our major contemporary authors.”New York Journal of Books
"Humorous and touching interviews and letters."Sacramento Bee
"Remarkable new collection….A highly engaging and poignant account of the evolution of Snyder's and Martin's views of our fragile world."San Antonio Express-News
- University of the Western Cape Arts Faculty Research Award
- Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award