1/14 Joanne Kyger Reads from The Japan & India Journals
DIESEL, A Bookstore will host Joanne Kyger as she reads selections from and signs her Nightboat Books re-issue of The Japan and India Journals, 1960-1964, on Thursday, January 14th at 6:30pm.
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 poet 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.
Joanne Kyger, one of the major poets of the Beat Generation, was born in 1934. In 1960, she traveled to Japan to be with her then-husband Gary Snyder. In 1962 they traveled to India, where, along with Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, they met the Dalai Lama. She returned to California in 1964 and settled in Bolinas in 1969, where she resides today. She has published over 30 books of poetry and prose, including On Time and As Ever: Selected Poems.