I got really excited when I ﬁrst got this book and read this on the ﬁrst page:
Confession merely enables you to go on acting like a coward, behavior does not change. As self awareness then condones further actions of the same sort.
At the time this resonated strongly, but over time I lost interest and the book wound up getting buried on a horizontal surface, half-read. Maybe I’ll come back to it sometime, as Kyger’s day-to-day reactions to life in Japan are deﬁnitely interesting on some level, including how it came to be that she married fellow Beat poet Gary Snyder upon their arrival. It might be that it was all too “daily life” for the time being.