|8th Annual Literary
Old Dominion University
October 7-10, 1985
"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 initiation and rebirth; the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.''
Widely considered one of the most important poets of our time, Snyder is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Turtle Island which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 and five collections of prose. Snyder's interest in promoting peace, ecology, and social justice in the form of working and teaching on the specifics of bioregionalism, deep ecology, and fourth world politics, as well as poetics and Buddhist meditation.
On Tuesday afternoon Snyder will speak on "Literature, Society and Politics in the New China," and on Tuesday evening he will read from his poetry. [extracted from 1985 brochure]