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Highlighting work from the 1990s into the new millennium, Robert Bonazzi’s fifth book of poemshis first in 20 yearsdraws upon the slow-gathering wisdom of late middle age. These poems are dialogues between the clockwork of ego and timeless solitude and between earthly intimacy and the death of loved ones; lucid discourses on global politics and besieged communities; and witty takes on poetics and the arts. Often considered one of the unsung heroes of modern American poetry, Bonazzi has elicited praise from such contemporaries as Mark Van Doren, Thomas Merton, Guy Davenport, Robert Peters, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
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Maestro of Solitude

Other works by Robert Bonazzi


Man in the Mirror:

John Howard Griffin and the Story of Black Like Me

The Musical Erotic (novella)


Perpetual Texts

Fictive Music

Living the Borrowed Life


(with Carlos Isla and C.W. Truesdale)

Maestro of Solitude © 2007

by Robert Bonazzi

Cover image: Untitled, crayon on handmade paper (1964)

by R.C. Ellis, used by permission of RosamaríAa RamíArez de Ellis

First Edition

Print Edition ISBN: 978-0-916727-43-7

ePub ISBN: 978-1-60940-084-2

Kindle ISBN: 978-1-60940-085-9

Librry PDF ISBN: 978-1-60940-086-6

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Bonazzi, Robert.

  Maestro of solitude: poems & poetics / Robert Bonazzi. -- 1st ed.

    p. cm.

  ISBN 978-0-916727-43-7 (pbk.: alk. paper)

  I. Title.

  PS3552.O593M34 2007

  811′.54--dc22                    2007033346

Except for fair use in reviews and/or scholarly considerations, no portion of this book may be reproduced without the written permission of the author.

For Isabella

Muse of Memory


From A Low Promontory


On the Verandah

Concerning Angels

Contemplating Photography

Shooting Star

Can’t Say Otherwise

Syrian Siren

Innocent Beauty

Angel Eyes

Point, Counterpoint

A Gadfly

Counting Grains of Sand

Cat Language

Clockwork of Ego

The Cruising Ego

Cantos of Particles and Waves


Questions of Critical Mass

A Lucid Truthfulness

Jesus Wept

Every Tribe

The Only Genius

Tonight’s Facts

What We Do Not Say

With Your Taste

He Flaunts Hunger

Unframed Portraits

Call Me Roberto

Seedy Adolescence

Zero Celsius

The Great Silence

Stray Arrows from Chaos

Enigma Variations

Ways To Cross the River

Border Crossings

New York To Mexico City

Ravishing Solos

Opus Posthumous

Tranquility of Gray Moods

Cheap Reading Glasses


Aesthetic Epicureanism

Beginning With Cacti

Cactus Rose


Musing Moments

Shadow Play

Selective Spontaneity

Elevator Shaft

Attached To Place

Desert Religions

The Extreme Other

Being in Nothingness

Death and Solitude

Lonely For Solitude

Beginning With Words by Reverdy

Vallejo Died in Paris

Elegy For Lorenzo

At Table

Endless Scribble

Near Absolutes

Transcriptions For Isabella

The Empty House


A Cat Called Piccolo


Boiling Water


In Monument Valley

Solitary ÉAtudes

Maestro of Solitude

Essays in Poetics

Poetics As Self-Criticism

Story of A Poem

Words Blind With Meaning

Notes & Acknowledgments

About the Author


of Solitude

Poems & Poetics

From A Low Promontory

Human consciousness is in perpetual pursuit of a language and a style. To assume consciousness is at once to assume form. Even at levels far below the zone of definition and clarity, forms, measures and relationships exist. The chief characteristic of the mind is to be