The Scribbling Cure
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ABOUT Robert Bonazzi

 

 

Robert Bonazzi

The Scribbling Cure: Poems & Prose Poems (Pecan Grove, 2012) and Maestro of Solitude: Poems & Poetics (Wings, 2007)—nominated for the Texas Institute of Letters poetry award—constitute a selected volume 1972-2012. Earlier books—Living the Borrowed Life (1974), Fictive Music: Prose Poems (1979) and Perpetual Texts (1986)—were praised in print by Mark Van Doren, Thomas Merton, John Howard Griffin, Guy Davenport, Vassar Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Peters and Paul Christensen.

His biography, Man in the Mirror: John Howard Griffin and the Story of Black Like Me (Orbis, 1997), was praised by Jonathan Kozol, Studs Terkel, The Times of London, Chicago Tribune, Library Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Texas Observer and Multicultural Review. As Executor of The Estate of John Howard Griffin, he edited Black Like Me, and seven other Griffin titles. His work has appeared in over 200 international publications. He lives in San Antonio and writes reviews on poetry for The San Antonio Express-News and World Literature Today.

 

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Hubris or Humility?

First and last, I am a perpetual reader who
desires textual challenges and pleasures,
approaching writing as a lover of literature
and language, fascinated by knowledge and
experiment. Not posing as an established
poet or critic, I remain an amateur. My pro-
fessionalism amounts to being truthful with-
out pretending to know the truth. W hile I
have read my poetry in the lively, marginal
spaces left within our withering civiliza-
tion, most of my attention lives in solitude,
searching for the scribbling cure that heals
obscure wounds into a meaningful scar.
I make no attempt to explicate these po-
ems, being unable to fathom their critical
contexts or what readers might smuggle
into them. I follow lines that beget a new poem, believing that images sequester
subtexts and secrets. I continue to be im- mersed in words that lead to others—re-
vising , revising—and trusting that I will become a subtler reader and a more self- critical poet in the process.
Yet what about the self-consciousness na- ture of this text—hubris or humility? I
leave that for the reader to decide.

—Robert Bonazzi, 2012

First Day of Winter

I travel a long way to meet
this lowest angle of light—

First day of winter will be
the shortest day of the year.

How long to feel
for the first time free
from self-importance?

No relative judgments intended—
this shortest day endures the longest night.

 

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