“As a poet,” Snyder tells us, “I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic; the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth; the love and Ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.” He develops, as replacement for shattered social structures, a concept of tribal tradition which could lead to “growth and enlightenment in self-disciplined freedom. Whatever is or ever was in any other culture can be reconstructed from the unconscious through meditation . . . the coming revolution will close the circle––and link us in many ways with the most creative aspects of our archaic past.”
~ Gary Snyder, quoted for New Directions – Earth House Hold.
You’ll find a link for Snyder’s essay, Earth House Hold via the New Directions link.
Find more intel and very (always) timely inspiration on “The Wild Mind of Gary Snyder” here.
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