How to Live on the Planet Earth: A Celebration of Nanao Sakaki

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 5:00 pm
An all-star lineup of poets -- Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, Malcolm Margolin and Gary Lawless -- with guest MC Patricia Wakida reads in celebration of the late Nanao Sakaki's new publication, How to Live on the Planet Earth: Collected Poems (Blackberry Books). Lawless edited the book, and Snyder wrote the forward. Free to $20.
McRoskey Mattress Company, 1687 Market Street, San Francisco
The Poetry Center and the Green Arcade
SF State Box Office
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Nanao Sakaki (1923–2008) grew up in Japan, served in the Japanese Army during World War II and later became known as a poet and friend to American poets, environmentalist and counterculture leader. He was a founder of the Tribe and Banyan Ashram. Gary Snyder describes Sakaki as “a uniquely free and bold-spirited wanderer, occasional river or mountain activist, singer and chanter and internationally published poet.”

Let’s Eat Stars and Break the Mirror are Sakaki’s best known collections.

Press coverage

SF Weekly, May 9, 2013