The poetry of JR Solonche

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Here is what Ricardo Nirenberg has to say about Beautiful Day by JR Solonche:

“The spirit of Horace, the melancholy of time slithering away and turning all to dust, tempered with art, wit and good grace: Solonche’s is the Horatian spirit for our time and place.”

—Ricardo Nirenberg, editor of Offcourse

 Here is one ghazal from the book. Buy the book to read the other five.

Glass Ghazal by JR Solonche

Not only is JR Solonche witty, he is a humorist in that his humor is self-effacing, if you define the difference between a wit, who makes fun of others, and one who uses humor to make fun of himself. There are also serious poems in Beautiful Day on such things as identity, mortality, history, and the natural world. Ode to Coffee will make you start to drink your coffee black. It did so for me.

The ghazal is composed of a minimum of five couplets—and typically no more than fifteen—that are structurally, thematically, and emotionally autonomous. Each line of the poem must be of the same length, though meter is not imposed in English. The first couplet introduces a scheme, made up of a rhyme followed by a refrain. Subsequent couplets pick up the same scheme in the second line only, repeating the refrain and rhyming the second line with both lines of the first stanza. The final couplet usually includes the poet’s signature, referring to the author in the first or third person, and frequently including the poet’s own name or a derivation of its meaning. Read more here.

Five-time Pushcart Prize nominee as well as Best of the Net nominee, J.R. Solonche has been publishing poetry in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. Among the 300 or so print and on-line publications in which his work has appeared are The American Scholar, The New Criterion, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Poetry Northwest, The Progressive, The North American Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, Rattle, Barrow Street, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Atlanta Review, Salmagundi, Yankee Magazine, The Literary Review, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, Fugue, the Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, Visiting Frost: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Robert Frost, Mixed Voices: Contemporary Poems about Music, Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology, and A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford. Professor Emeritus of English at the State University of New York-Orange County, he is coauthor (with his wife Joan I. Siegel) of Peach Girl:Poems for a Chinese Daughter.