With a background in theater and cinema, Walter Bruno writes about arts, performance, communications, politics, and the follies of identity, mostly from a contrarian perspective. An admirer of early modernism, he favors Beckett, Stein, Milosz, Szymborska, Balzac, G B Shaw, McLuhan and Harold Bloom. Bruno's work includes poetry, essays, short stories and a novella. While his poetry is mostly lyrical, he occasionally has a hard edge and doesn't play it safe.
A Head in Bad Times
Provocative shorter essays on politics, the campus, identity, discourse, art, performance, and society. These essays join 42 reviews of major and minor films, in both the popular and art-film repertories, with a stress on formalism and how criticism can be distanced from personal or even political bias.
First Declension: New and Collected Poems
Two English Girls and the Continent
Am I That Far?
The bulk of this collection was created during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, and some poems are steeped in the mood. Most, though, pass through the eternal reflections of a life left in tow and in regret.
As usual, Bruno manages to find the laughter. This edition features a fresh and exciting translation of Arthur Rimbaud's classic Le Bateau ivre, which Bruno has also re-titled in good and faithful English.