Nanao Sakaki passed away into the stars on, December 21, in Nagano prefecture, Japan, nearly two weeks shy of his 86th Birthday. His best known collections were Let's Eat Stars and Break the Mirror. One of Allen's most cherished friends, he was also very dear to Gary Snyder. Gary wrote on Tuesday:
"Last night I got word from Japan that Nanao Sakaki had suddenly died. He was living with friends in the mountains of Nagano prefecture in a little cabin. He had stepped out the door in the middle of the night to stargaze or pee and apparently had a severe heart attack. His friends found him on the ground the next morning. Christmas afternoon they'll hold the otsuya -- intimate friends drinking party in his room, sitting with his body -- and a cremation after that. He was one of my best friends in this lifetime."
Gary Lawless has started a tribute on his blog mygrations >>
[photo: John Suiter]
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