Joanne Kyger

“And here is the crux of the matter: Kyger resists “letting go” of experience with all her might at the same time that her Buddhist training and practice counsel detachment. What is at stake in the poems is more than the plums she’s eating, or a dream in which Gary Snyder appears: it’s a vigilant exploration of the nature of consciousness in which the particulars of experience — light filtering through the clouds, a neighbor’s note, surfers waiting for waves — bridge the gap between inner and other worlds. Across six decades of writing, these careful attentions to consecutive moments collectively constitute a massive humanist document, of which On Time is the latest installment. Reading Kyger is not like reading about a life so much as perceiving what it’s like to really live.”

Joanne Kyger: The Poet-Buddhist-Ecologist Combo You Should Know

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