Synopses & Reviews
San Antonio Express-News poetry columnist Robert Bonazzi gathers 20 years of reviews and profiles, essays and articles in Outside the Margins. Known as the foremost authority on Black Like Me author John Howard Griffin," here Bonazzi focuses on poets and writers from Texas, the Southwest, Mexico and Latin America. His criticism finds threads of mutual interests, shared sources of inspiration, and stylistic confluences. Bonazzi also focuses on writers whose work has appeared in small and independent presses, providing the kind of insight only a former small press publisher/editor can provide. Bonazzi's reviews are both anticipated and respected throughout the Southwest. This is a major collection of his most important essays and reviews for the past two decades.
[Bonazzi is] not only a remarkable poet but an important critic.... These are real essays that dig deeply in ways that most critics never do.” —John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me
Robert Bonazzi takes readers behind that mirror for a fascinating look at a remarkable person, and it is the life and character of Griffin that makes this book irresistible and stimulates curiosity in the humane concerns of Black Like Me. —Booklist
"Man in the Mirror fills so many gaps in the story, and provides such detailed biographical preambles and postscripts, that the book is surely destined to become the critical resource of choice." —Chicago Tribune
"In this beautiful and stirring portrait of John Howard Griffin, Robert Bonazzi has given readers a sensitive and poetic understanding of the moral pilgrimage of one of the seminal writers and prophetic figures of our century. Bonazzi’s portrait is more than a fine literary work. It is also a gift of grace to a nation more racially divided than at any time since Griffin was alive." —Jonathan Kozol
About the Author
Robert Bonazzi is the author of the critically-acclaimed Man in the Mirror: John Howard Griffin and the Story of Black Like Me. He only recently completed a decade-long project, the authorized biography of John Howard Griffin, to be entitled Reluctant Activist. His essays, reviews, short stories and poems have appeared in hundreds of publications—in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. Born in New York City, Bonazzi has lived in San Francisco, Mexico City, Florida and several Texas cities. He lives in San Antonio and writes a column on poetry, “Poetic Diversity,” for the San Antonio Express-News.