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Gary Snyder and the Pacific Rim: Creating Countercultural Community (Contemp North American Poetry) Hardcover – April 15, 2006
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“In this superb book, Timothy Gray offers a capacious survey of Gary Snyder's contributions to the new American poetry of the 1950s and 1960s as well as to the imagined communities produced through that poetry. By looking at Snyder's relationship to the Pacific Rim, Gray provides a critical regionalist view that contests more entrepreneurial versions.”---Michael Davidson
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Where'd this concept come from? It is a cartographer's dream, that people are tracing with one finger the shoreline of an entire ocean from continent to continent, then watching the lands cross pollinate themselves over the water, like migrant birds bringing seeds of marrocain to Easter Island. Gray deplores recent attempts to delimit the concept of the Rim to 80s and 90s business propaganda--open markets, cheap foreign labor; the godfathers of this concept then would be Nixon and Kissinger and their drive to open China to western business in the 1970s. Gray urges us to look further back, to two earlier initiatives, if we would understand the murky geopolitics of the Pacific Rim and what it means to our nation's soul and ambition. One such initiative came in the wake of the Pacific-Panama Exposition, the San Francisco World's Fair of 1939, which widened the scope of SF cultural interests while of course glamorizing or exoticizing Asian imput.Read more ›