Visible Stars presents a substantial selection from all of Bruce Whiteman’s published poetry, as well as an intriguing selection of unpublished new work. This volume includes excerpts from Whiteman’s long poem in-progress, “The Invisible World is in Decline”. There is acute sensitivity at work here. Striking juxtapositions of conversational and metaphorical language foreground the narrative, located somewhere between the visible and the invisible, the concrete and the abstract. Whiteman is one of the most interesting voices in Canadian poetry.
About the Author
Bruce Whiteman is a poet, translator, and essayist whose writings focus on music, bibliography, cultural history, and literature. Born in Southern Ontario and educated at Trent University and the University of Toronto, in 1996 Whiteman was appointed director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, a position he held until 2010. Whiteman is a prolific poet whose books include The Cold Engineering of the World, The Invisible World Is in Decline, Recesses in the Heart: The Thera Poems, The Forger Contemplates Rossetti, Intimate Letters, The Sad Mechanic Exercise, and Visible Stars: New and Selected Poems. Whiteman lives in Peterborough, Ontario.