I was so pleased today to have Mr. Tarzia’s niece contact me. I am so excited to have the opportunity to learn more about what appears to be a true Renaissance Man. With the consent of the family and others that may have known of him, my search is not over. I want to learn more and share more of this poet, this man, who touched me from a distance, 20 years ago. If you have any information please share it with me. Lisa Nicoll’s comment posted on this blog today.
I just found your blogs and response(s) to my Amazon query about Bruno Tarzia, my uncle, and am surprised and thrilled. Thank you for posting this!
Uncle Bruno passed away some years ago–I want to say 10, and can check w/ family members for the exact date–in Maryland, I believe, which is where he spent the last years of his life. I have to dbl check all of the facts with my grandmother (Bruno’s sister), who is alive and well and just a call away.
Uncle Bruno published a poem of mine (My first! I was 5.) in his “Poetry Corner” column of a New Jersey newspaper. I’m sure I have at least a few stories about him, and my mom, cousins, and grandmother certainly have more than I do.
Not sure if you know this, but he was born in Calabria, Italy, and formally schooled only to about the third or fifth grade, making his poetry chart (in my estimation) an even more phenomenal creation. He was the first of 13 children, and a hobby of his was photography. I have two photos of Jacques D’amboise in rehearsal w/ NYCB that Uncle Bruno took and gave to me as a birthday gift one year.
Like I said, Mr. Brown, I’ll be speaking with my grandmother and mother in the next couple of days, and will cull as much Bruno info as possible. Please feel free to email me or post any questions you may have.
I’m so glad you had a relationship with him, and want to thank you for posting that letter he wrote to you, which is quite a lovely example of his communication style and love of language.
Meanwhile, I can’t wait to see the chart again!
Thank you very much for your postings. I look forward to hearing from you.