BROMIGE, David




"I’m an incurable mimic and there were times when that took over." -- David Bromige in conversation with Doug Powell.

Born in London, England on October 23, 1933, Bromige was a Canadian who retired from teaching literature at the Sonoma State University. He was on the periphery of the TISH poetry scene at UBC in the late 1960s, mostly writing plays at the time. He published numerous poetry titles including Spells and Blessings with Talonbooks in 1974; then several books in the U.S. from Black Sparrow Press, most notably Desire: Selected Poems 1963-1987 and a volume of short fiction entitled Men, Women & Vehicles. In 1991 he released Tiny Courts in a world without scales (sic) which he describes as a 'Canadian' book. Bromige also taught at U.C. Berkeley and at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He won the 1988 Western States Book Award for his Selected Poems. David Bromige died on June 3, 2009.

Selected Bibliography:

The Gathering. Buffalo, N.Y.: Sumbooks, 1965.

The Ends of the Earth. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1968.

Please, Like Me. Illus. Sherril Jaffe. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1968.

Threads. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1971.

Birds of the West. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1973.

Ten Years in the Making: Selected Poems, Songs, & Stories, 1961-1970. Writing 13. Vancouver: Vancouver Community Press, 1973. (New Star)

Three Stories. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1973.

Out of my Hands. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1974.

Spells and blessings. Talonbooks, 1974

Tight Corners & What's Around Them: Prose & Poems. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1974.

Desire: Selected Poems 1963-1987. Black Sparrow Press.

Tiny Courts in a world without scales. London, Ont.: Brick Books, 1991.

The Harbormaster of Hong Kong. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1993.

Men, Women & Vehicles. Black Sparrow Press.

Piccolo Mundo. Coach House Books, 1998. Co-author.

[BCBW 2009]