Gary Snyder and Zen
This chapter examines Gary Snyder's interest in the Far East as a mode of reclaiming a native sense of America. The fifties counterculture turned to the Orient in search of a subterranean America, and Snyder's advocacy of Zen presented a vision of the nation as a sacred environment. Snyder combined religious and environmental aims in a unified attempt to become an American bard, and this chapter considers the structure and durability of his cultural creation.
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