Poetry Reading in Fort Collins, Colorado

I read a selection of poems from my manuscript, A Cowboy Who’s in Love, at Matter Bookstore in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 19th.

The poems I shared were selections of free verse from the book’s collection. The first, “Home, the Place Where My Heart is Found”, deals with the vastness of nature and the hardships of cowboy life in the isolation of the Northern Rockies contrasted with the stolen, sweet nature of love and the loving place that’s home.

The second poem I read, “The Perfume of Your Soul”, takes a cowboy’s point of view of love as he drifts in and out of dreams of his true love. The power of love is expressed in the poem as the power to transform complacency into wonder.

The final selection from the manuscript was “Tracks Through the Snow”, which travels a wilderness journey by comparing it to a journey through life, with all the challenges it presents. Ending with a firm resonance of hope, the poem revels delight in the destination, landing within the arms of true and lasting love.

It was a great crowd and the selection of poems shared by other authors was diverse and engaging. The manuscript for A Cowboy Who’s in Love alternates traditional rhyming cowboy storytelling with free verse, and is divided into four sections. I have completed the editing phase and the book is now in the query stage.

About Bruce Arlen Wasserman

Bruce Arlen Wasserman assembled his first poetry manuscript with a typewriter on the kitchen table when he was seventeen, farmed and worked as a blacksmith, drove a tractor-trailer in college, edited professional journals, wrote as a freelance journalist and is a dentist. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a semi-finalist for the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers, a semi-finalist for the Proverse Prize and won the Anna Davidson Rosenberg 2019 Poetry Award. His fiction manuscript, The Aroma of Light, was a finalist with LSU Press. His poetry manuscript, The Broken Night, will be published by Finishing Line Press in July, 2022. Bruce received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a literary critic for the New York Journal of Books. His writing has been published in the Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, The River Heron Review, Kindred Literary Magazine, the Broad River Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, High Shelf Literary Magazine, Wild Roof Journal and the Washington Independent Review of Books. Beyond writing, he creates visual art as a potter at Bruce Arlen Wasserman Studio, where he draws from the reservoir of poetry and his experience in working iron and wood, correlating a continued exploration of language, function and esoteric form. At other times, Bruce is a musician, operates a small ranch and trains horses from time to time.
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