Author Archives: Bruce Arlen Wasserman

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.

A Review of W.S. Merwin’s The Lice, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition for NYJB

No book has more to say about our times than W.S. Merwin’s, The Lice. I was honored to have the opportunity to review the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, published by Copper Canyon Press, for the New York Journal of Books. Here … Continue reading

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A Review of Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones on NYJB

“What is clear… is that the accepted, often imitated and venerated Route 66 of narrative verse need not fear finding deviation from the well-traveled path. In fact, the lyrical approach that is evident in Perillo’s poetry makes a more potent narrative … Continue reading

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A Review of Tomás Morín’s Patient Zero, at NYJB

“Tomás Morín is a writer who understands time. He parcels it, plays with it, takes it down to its microscopic focus, reassembles it and his work sings to it in a way that is distinguished, telling, unique,” writes Bruce Arlen … Continue reading

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Read Bruce’s Review of The Lyrics: 1961-2012, by Bob Dylan

I had the opportunity to review The Lyrics: 1961 – 2012, by Bob Dylan, for the New York Journal of Books. Access the review, as well as my other reviews for the NYJB, here.  

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Pushcart Nomination

Bruce’s poem, “The Wet on Milan Street,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016! You may find the poem in Kindred Literary Magazine’s 2016 Mason-Dixon Issue. Click to get to Anchor & Plume Press

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Bruce will have two poems in the upcoming KINDRED MAGAZINE’S Mason-Dixon issue

The upcoming Mason-Dixon Issue of Kindred Magazine (Anchor & Plume Press issue #11, 2016) will feature two of Bruce’s poems: “The Wet on Milan Street” “Breathing In, Breathing Out” These poems are part of a continuum of Bruce’s poetry about New … Continue reading

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Book Review: Head Off and Split, by Nikky Finney

Nikki is a masterful poet and Head Off and Split is like the cream that rises to the top of a glass bottle of unpasteurized milk… it’s just so darned good you want more and more. An amazing collection from a truly incredible … Continue reading

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An Undiscovered Country by Bruce Arlen Wasserman (Horace Simerman Literary Press 2011) was recently mentioned in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The collection of poems takes a multidimensional look at the nature of love, transporting readers across the sedimentary layers of … Continue reading

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An Undiscovered Country (Horace Simerman Literary Press, 2011) continues to expand in its reach worldwide. The collection of poetry by author Bruce Arlen Wasserman traveling through the length and breadth of love, exposes the core of this most common denominator … Continue reading

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An Undiscovered Country (Horace Simerman Press, 2011) is going further in its travels around the globe. The collection of poems by Bruce Arlen Wasserman exploring love in all its dimensions, is now being sold in Norway, Finland and Sweden and … Continue reading

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