Book Release for if wants to be the same as is: The Essential David Bromige

A selection of the 22 books published during David Bromige’s lifetime, IF WANTS TO BE THE SAME AS IS charts the course of one of the 21st century poetry masters from high modernism through L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E to his own distinct place. It includes the unpublished work American Testament, as well as My Poetry, his important work combining poetry and poetics, in its entirety, as well as critical essays by editors Bob Perelman and Ron Silliman, and Canadian writer George Bowering. The NYC release will feature readings from Bruce Andrews, Steve Benson, Charles Bernstein, Lee Ann Brown, Brian Carpenter, Abigail Child, Nada Gordon, Michael Gottlieb, Erica Hunt, Jack Krick, A.L. Nielsen, Stan Mir, Bob Perelman, Nick Piombino, James Sherry, and Ron Silliman.

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Born in 1933 and raised in London, David Bromige experienced the ravages and displacement of buzz bombs and rockets exploding around him. He emigrated to Canada in 1953, eventually settling in Vancouver where he attended the University of British Columbia. In his senior year he won the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, which took him to Berkeley, where he earned a Master’s degree and was a T.A. for Denise Levertov and Thom Gunn. His decades long friendship with Robert Duncan started then, and his first book, The Gathering was published in 1965 by Fred Wah. In 1970 he was hired by Sonoma State University to teach poetry and poetry writing. He stayed there 25 years and had a successful professorial and writing career, living primarily in Sebastopol, California. He published 33 books, many of them from Black Sparrow Press. He won numerous awards and toured the U.S., Canada, France and England often. He enjoyed steeping himself in different schools of poetics: no book was ever like the last one. “The trouble is, you see, is that the made-up mind tends to deliver itself only of its own clichés en route to its prior conclusion”, he wrote. “Take one step to the left or right and perceptions change entirely. Poetic knowing and its alternatives are as close as—as if is to is.” David Bromige died in 2009 from complications from diabetes, leaving behind his wife, Cecelia, children Christopher and Margaret and many friends and admirers.