The Japan and India Journals, 1960-1964

The Japan and India Journals First published in The Japan and India Journals is Joanne Kyger s journal of her four tumultuous years in Japan and India as a young poets in her late twenties This book chronicles he

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  • Title: The Japan and India Journals, 1960-1964
  • Author: Joanne Kyger
  • ISBN: 9781937658434
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1981, The Japan and India Journals, 1960 1964 is Joanne Kyger s journal of her four tumultuous years in Japan and India as a young poets in her late twenties This book chronicles her developing poetic sensibility, emergent Buddhist practice, and what it meant to be a woman trying to write in pre feminist Beat days Attentive, witty, and always entertainFirst published in 1981, The Japan and India Journals, 1960 1964 is Joanne Kyger s journal of her four tumultuous years in Japan and India as a young poets in her late twenties This book chronicles her developing poetic sensibility, emergent Buddhist practice, and what it meant to be a woman trying to write in pre feminist Beat days Attentive, witty, and always entertaining, this is poet s prose at its best.

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    1. Fantastically attentive and personal glimpse into a moment in time when Joanne Kyger was coming into her own as a poet in the company of Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Clayton Eshleman, and Allen Ginsberg-- a lot of male energy-- as well as artists such as the wonderful Mark di Suvero. She lives in Japan, travels to India, sees The Mother in Pondicherry, watches Ginsberg turn into an egocentric bore in front of the Dalai Lama, etc. Much of her wrestling with herself in her diaries can be seen, in r [...]

    2. Fantastic journal! Good for a lot of things, but what I got out of it (aside from Kyger's sharp observations & witty take on things new age) was it cleared out the cobwebs of hero-worship that I had built up at an early age in regard to Gary Snyder, who comes off as not just human, but quite an asshole. Now, anyone might expect such from an ex-wife, but Kyger tries very hard to be kind in her rendering of him, and even though her predjudices are obvious, the guy treats her like shit. No ques [...]

    3. This book is a hoot. Joanne Kyger, as a 26-year-old, went to Japan to see Gary Snyder. "If you are going to live together, you must get married," said the head of the Zen Institute. So they did. It wasn't very successful, but the two of them were comrades while Gary studied and Joanne gardened, did flower arranging, thought about poetry and took care of the cats. Sounded like a somewhat hectic expat life in Kyoto from 1960 to 1964. Authenticity was important to Kyger, a spirited woman not afraid [...]

    4. I'm glad I read this, but at the same time it's a really dry book that I wouldn't recommend to others. As Kyger writes in the introduction, "These journals were never rewritten or polished up for publication," and it's first and foremost someone's notebook, with all the to-do lists, lists of names of people she had dinner with the night before, etc, that come with the territory. I should also note that she was married to the legendary writer Gary Snyder at the time of these journals, which is wh [...]

    5. I love these journals. Yes they are a fascinating and in-depth account of the life of expatriates in the early sixties in Japan, and yes, they are the record of a tumultuous relationship between one of the most important poets of the last 50 years (Gary Snyder)and his then wife, Joanne Kyger, who I count as one of the great poets of the post-beat generation.Most of all Strange Big Moon teaches us about great journal/diary style and the attempt to be as honest as possible with one's observations. [...]

    6. FINALLY a book about the woman's perspective on the beats. This was an awesome read and I felt like I really got to know Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger through her journals. My good friend, Jared, recommended this to me before I departed on a trip to Japan - he lent it to me for my travels. Unfortunately, I didn't make it due to the tsunami - but I read the book anyways. Great read.

    7. she reminds me of the simple human observer & my capacity to honor that in me & my own writing. what little things are you noticing? do you think everything matters? what about the persistent & determined work of writing & living? and another piece of the "beat history" drawn in to the puzzle.

    8. This is such a zen journal, true as advertised. Easy to consume in large bites despite being made of tiny pieces. A travel through Japan and India, but also through finding oneself and growing a marriage.

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