if wants to be the same as is
Essential Poems of David Bromige
POETRY / American / General
Jun 21, 2018
6.75 x 9.75 x 1.5 in | 1.2 kg
New Star Books
Drawn from 22 books of poetry published by David Bromige in his lifetime, if wants to be the same as is chronicles the career of one of contemporary poetry's most distinctive writers. Born in London, England, in 1933, raised in Canada, and a resident for most of his adult life of California, David Bromige is just as difficult to pin down in terms of his aesthetics. As a student at the University of BC in the early 1960s, Bromige met writers like Fred Wah, George Bowering, and Jamie Reid, who pointed him towards the American postmodernists, and eventually, to a scholarship to UC–Berkeley. There, he became immersed in the Bay Area's explosively creative poetry scene, and came to be associated with many of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets. Bromige's own work, however, holds wide appeal and from the start resisted any sort of classification, winning praise across the literary-critical spectrum. His publishers included Black Sparrow Press (Bukowski's publisher), Sun & Moon, Brick, and The Figures, and he won acclaim from the likes of Robert Hass, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He died in Sebastopol, California, in 2009. if wants to be the same as is presents a life's work that is, in the words of Bob Perelman, "beautiful, deeply amusing, continually surprising."
"He is among the three or four most significant writers of his generation ... He is an outstanding story-teller, and ... at the same time, he is capable of great lyrical moments in which the full resonance of ear and eye are brought to a focus ... uncompromising in his commitment to the full complexity of poetry as a language art."
— Michael Davidson
"Outstanding in his generation out of Canada for me has been the work of David Bromige ... He has gained the art and language in which he brings his readers deeper than any consideration of a personality to the awareness of a living man."
— Robert Duncan
"There is no more brilliantly inventive poet writing in the United States at this time ... a poet of enormous intellect, humor and innovation who is always shifting out from under the solutions of the last book and posing new questions and linguistic possibilities for a song."
— Kathleen Fraser