"The poems in John Brandi's new collection, The Great Unrest, illuminate a lifetime of travels—southern Italy, Crete, India, China, Alaska, the Caribbean—as well as the intimate landscape of New Mexico, his homeland for fifty years. Sober, unfiltered, defiant and pulsing with joie de vivre, these poems represent the interior and exterior world of a seeker who refuses to give in to the darkness of our times."
John Brandi has been an active walker, writer, visual artist since boyhood rambles in the mountains of California. He continues to seek source and renewal in his travels abroad and in New Mexico, his home for fifty years. In 2015 a limited edition of his Southwest prose poems, Into the Dream Maze, was issued by the Press at the Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; followed by Planet Pilgrim, his paean to Japanese poet Nanao Sakaki. He received a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2017 for A House By Itself: Selected Haiku Masaoka Shiki.