hi nanao is out!

maine, united states
Very happy with this news that comes from Maine! The expected book Hi Nanao, by Carol Merril, is now out. Check out below the book review sent by Blackberry Books, and find out how to purchase it.

Hi Nanao is a 64 page collection of poems by Carol Merrill based on her time with poet Nanao Sakaki – memories, anecdotes, quotations, dreams – published on Nanao's 100th birthday.

Carol Merrill is a poet, teacher, editor, freelance journalist, librarian and more, living in New Mexico. She spent seven years of weekends with Georgia O'Keeffe as librarian, secretary, cook, nurse, and companion, an experience from which she created and published two books:
O'Keeffe, Days in a Life – a collection of poems based on her time with O'Keeffe, and Weekends with O'Keeffe, taken from her journals from those years. Joy Harjo, U S poet-laureate, said of the Weekends book: "This book is a doorway to an O'Keeffe you may not know. Merrill introduces us to the O'Keeffe who knew herbs and nutrition, to the witty artist of the kitchen table."

At Naropa University Carol served as apprentice to Allen Ginsberg, typing and re-typing his manuscripts and participating in many poetry events.

In 1982-1983 Carol taught ESL in China, and with Nanao Sakaki and their one year old child, she traveled in China and Mongolia.

All monies received from the sale of Hi Nanao will go to a Peace Fellowship set up at the University of New Mexico to honor Issa Abraham Sakaki Merrill, the son of Carol Merrill and Nanao Sakaki.

The book sells for U$15 and may be ordered in the following ways: in person at Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick Maine; by phone with a credit card, from Gulf of Maine Books (207-729-5083) by mail with check or credit card info from the publisher (Blackberry  Books, 617 East Neck Road, Nobleboro, Maine – 04555; or from the author.

A poem from the book:

Today Nanao said:
"Think this way.
There are no past lives,
no future lives.
This is it - now-
what you have.
Zen Buddhism's
We come from nothing.
We return to nothing."