Gary Snyder

From "The Path to Matsuyama"

On Receiving the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Grand Prize

from the Ehime Cultural Foundation, in Matsuyama City, Japan,

November 7, 2004

I was from a proud, somewhat educated farming and working family. After finishing college I went back to work. I went into the National Forests to be an isolated fire lookout living in a tiny cabin on the top of a peak. I worked as a summertime firefighter and wilderness ranger, and then spent winters in San Francisco to be closer to a community of writers.