Bruce Arlen Wasserman

Bruce Arlen Wasserman assembled his first poetry manuscript with a typewriter on the kitchen table when he was 17, 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 latest poetry manuscript, The Broken Night, will be published by Finishing Line Press in July 2022.

Dr. Wasserman received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a literary critic for 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, he is a musician, operates a small ranch, and trains horses from time to time.

Books by Bruce Arlen Wasserman

Book Reviews by Bruce Arlen Wasserman

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There’s something magical about the number 13: there are 13 stripes on the American flag, 13 is a prime and therefore indivisible number, in the Jewish calendar a leap year has 13 months and Steven

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“Through his poems, Wasson has unearthed the buried bones of generations and brought their lives into the daylight.

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“The poems in Waterbaby are present. They tell the truth and will inspire readers to lust for more.”

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“The substance behind Shrapnel Maps is substantial and groundbreaking, and poet Philip Metres has created a compelling work within its covers that will bring a new view to everyone

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Readers of poetry and listeners of classical music share something in common: each must engage in a push-pull to extract maximum benefit.

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“perhaps Dawson is a gardener, gently lifting away weeds and leaving the reader ready for the seeds she will sow.”

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“one of the most astounding poets of our age. . . . This kind of illumination . . . is what the work of poetry is truly about.”

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In his collection of poems, In Memory of an Angel, poet David Shapiro is something like a tour guide.

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“any level of engagement with the poems of The Lice will open a pathway into vistas we all ought to see.”

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For readers who consider poetry the language of allusion, something to immerse in as transport to an image-soaked world, there is much to be learned from the lyrically practical narrative found wit

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“Shapero is a master of her craft and the poems within Hard Child are a worthy read.”

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“a thing of beauty, and reading it is an experience not to be missed.”

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“Morín’s new book is one that begs to be read. It is more than engaging, more than new and different.”

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If anyone would question why musician Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the answer is easily found by cracking the covers of The Lyrics: 1961–2012.

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There is a certain sense of streaming consciousness carrying the pages of Anna Moschovakis’ new collection of poetry They and We Will Get into Trouble for This.

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In his debut collection of poems, acclaimed prose writer Colin Channer has set out to build multiple levels in the construct of a story—life as seen through layers of gauze, probing the complex fam

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“I did not want to put this book down. Neither will you.”