About Roving Enchantments by Bruce Hesselbach
New Formalism is alive and well in this collection of poetry which includes many traditional and innovative forms. The subjects range from alchemy to war, in settings as exotic as the Taj Mahal or as local as a mountaintop in Massachusetts.
“This book is a delight, full of surprises that leave the reader wishing there were more pages to go.” Rhina P. Espaillat, author of eleven poetry collections and winner of the Richard Wilbur award.
“An amazing collection of poetic ventures… truly enchanting.” Joseph S. Salemi, poet and editor of Trinacria.
Bruce Hesselbach is an attorney who lives in Newfane, Vermont. Roving Enchantments, published in May, 2014 by White Violet Press, is his first book of poetry.
To date, 62 of his poems have been published in the small presses and another will be appearing soon. His first novel, Perpetual Motion, published by Cogwheel Press in 2013, is a steampunk novel set in Switzerland and Germany from 1876 to 1889, a love story between a time traveler’s daughter and a doomed inventor threatening to help Germany win the Great War.
Previously Bruce wrote High Ledges, Green Mountains (Bondcliff Books 2005), a memoir about hiking Vermont’s 270 mile Long Trail. An avid hiker, he has climbed over 500 different mountains to date. He is the author of nine published short stories, including one just recently published online by Bewildering Stories. As chairman of the Newfane Conservation Commission, Bruce helped create hiking trails in the Newfane Town Forest. He graduated cum laude from Yale in 1972 with a BA in English, and received a JD in 1975 from Villanova Law School. His favorite reading matter includes Travel and Exploration, history, fantasy and steampunk.