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Poetry. Asian American Studies. The 82 poems presented here are an elegant mixture of taut language vigorously sourced in classical Asian literature and a fresh, startling vernacular. "Wandering Japanese poet, environmentalist, friend of Snyder and Ginsberg, concerned humorist, Sakaki writes what can only be characterized as stretch haiku. Combining Buddhism's compassion for all life with Taoism's strong identification with nature, which he then brings into contact with everyday things, Sakaki strikes sparks of recognition. The poet himself translates from the original Japanese into English (and sometimes the other way round) with the help of friends, giving the poems an interesting vernacularc impact. Enjoyable"--Donald J. Pearce, Library Journal.
Nanao Sakaki was a Japanese poet who wandered the Planet in the late 20th century, an inspiration to poets, artists and musicians around the world. In his foreword, Gary Snyder says that Nanao was known as "a uniquely free and bold-spirited wanderer, occasional river or mountain activist, singer and chanter, and internationally published poet." Author City: NAGANO JAP