John Brandi is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and teaching grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. He lives with his wife, poet Renée Gregorio, in El Rito, New Mexico, where he continues to write, paint and nurture a few melons in the garden.
The World, The World, John Brandi's new book of poems, is his first major collection in six years. In these poems he takes his cues from the works of Chinese painters, the travels of Basho, and the plain speech of his "shack-simple" contemporaries. Brandi's collection reflects his keen ear, offbeat humor, spiritual insight, and love for all that illuminates the mind and heart. His longer poems are accompanied by suites of haiku and haibun, which distill the essence of his travels through the American high desert, the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent and the streets of old Kyoto. Brandi's poems transform our idea of the world and our sense of place in it. "A Taoist sensibility," according to Joanne Kyger, "poems of rare precision, charm and truth."The World, the World
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