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Earth House Hold

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  377 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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 intuition 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 ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published June 17th 1969 by New Directions (first published 1957)
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Mar 27, 2014 Mat rated it really liked it
Shelves: beat
Apart from the 'Four Cycles' section at the back of his Pulitzer-prize winning book Turtle Island, this was the first prose I have read by Gary Snyder.

Throughout this book I both marvelled at the incredible wisdom and insight of his essays and scratched my head at the unfathomable sections where Snyder did not deign to offer further explanation.

'Buddhism and the Coming Revolution' and 'Why Tribe' to me were the real stand-outs. The journal sections of the book were sometimes beautiful (especiall
Anthony Jacobson
Nov 15, 2011 Anthony Jacobson rated it really liked it
'Earth House Hold' is a collection of poems, essays and journals by Gary Snyder. Beneath its prototypical eco-hippie exterior are romantic notions on existence and spirituality that I found very enlightening. Snyder implies a global consciousness in this book, a worthy topic for consideration in the disparate climate we find ourselves in late 2011. I particularly dug the poetic style of Snyder's prose. He makes each line worthy of standing on its own as a distinct piece of art. Elsewhere, he ...more
Woody Debris
Nov 08, 2008 Woody Debris rated it it was amazing
Most poetry is for pussies. Gary Snyder's poetry is for cool cats.
Craig Werner
Jul 21, 2011 Craig Werner rated it really liked it
Shelves: sixties, nature
Snyder exemplifies the very best of a certain current of sixties countercultural life and thought. The key's in the combination of the two. For Snyder, the return to simplicity--phrased variously in zen, Native American, feminist mythological, Jungian terms--wasn't an abstraction. EHH consists of a montage of fragments--poem/journals from his time as a lookout in the California and Oregon mountains; notes on his experience as a sailor; a report from the Japanese island where he lived as part of ...more
Aug 25, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Snyder is, as always, right on.
May 13, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Oct 15, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it
If you like Gary Snyder. Yes. A cool guy who brings it together with poetry.
Maughn Gregory
I was moved by Snyder's poetic journal episodes and inspired by his short essays, especially 'Buddhism and the Coming Revolution' and 'Why Tribe.' His counterculture message, attitude and lived experiments were the only hope for the planet in 1957 when this was first published, and remain so now.
Jason Crane
Jul 23, 2016 Jason Crane rated it really liked it
A collection of mostly prose writing by Gary Snyder, covering his early travels in Japan and elsewhere, his views on Buddhism, and more. Gary is always worth reading.
Marc Fendel
Mar 05, 2016 Marc Fendel rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most important books in my small collection. Amazing...
Grady Ormsby
Sep 17, 2015 Grady Ormsby rated it liked it
Recommends it for: hard core Beat poetry fans
Last month I discovered Left Bank Books in Hanover, New Hampshire. Left Banks is a funky little store up a narrow staircase off Main Street and features used and out-of-print books. When I walked in the door, I was struck by the distinct aroma of old books. The shelves were also used and out-of-print, overloaded and sagging with books of every kind, each section labeled with a homemade sign. I headed straight for the poetry section, looking to see if I could find some volumes by some of the Beat ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Dirk rated it it was ok
I enjoy and admire Gary Snyder, but this book is the sweepings from the cutting room floor. It's a hodgepodge, which includes, for example, diary entries from forest fire watching and working in the engine room of a steamer crossing the Pacific, a scholarly review of a book of Indian tales by Jaime de Angulo, descriptions of life in a couple of Zen schools, a translation of the rather fascistic rules of a Zen order, and some essays on the state of culture in the 60's. It is less than the sum of ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Robin rated it it was ok
I’m a big fan of Gary Snyder’s poems about man in nature, and particularly fond of hearing him recite his own poetry. This early book is mostly prose. It’s partly a journal of Snyder’s travels, his work in the wilderness as a fire lookout, and his experiences in a Japanese Zen monastery. Most of the chapters are highly personal and don’t necessarily make a point for the reader. It seems that Snyder is beginning to synthesize his studies of philosophy, religion, anthropology, and psychedelics ...more
Jan 22, 2010 Ginna rated it really liked it
This book is what the title claims, a collection of flotsam and jetsam, life-notes, queries, a kind of patchwork that made me feel like I was beginning to know the Gary Snyder that existed during the span of its writing.

I think the way snyder dates his journal entries (mostly on the freighter to japan) is really charming: days in arabic numbers, month in roman numerals, year in arabic numerals - so today would be 22i2010

"Buddhism and the Coming Revolution" is a fabulous manifesto and one I will
R.K. Cowles
Sep 08, 2016 R.K. Cowles rated it liked it
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Jul 12, 2011 AlexWatson rated it really liked it
Nice mixup: travelogue through mostly eastern and marginalized cultural topographies. Some manifestoes. I've never been terribly drawn to his verse but this prose work is that fresh archetypal beat trip passage to india whitmania, song of the green man bumming it to Tibet or Glacier to beg dharma.
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Gary Snyder is an American poet (originally, often associated with the Beat Generation), essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since the 1970s, he has frequently been described as the 'laureate of Deep Ecology'. From the 1950s on, he has published travel-journals and essays from time to time. His work in his various roles reflects his ...more
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