Bruce Dale Wise, American poet and prosaist, was born June 10, 1950, in Ellensburg, WA.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Writing in 1973.  At this point in his life, the main poetic influences were William Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.  From 1976 to 1979, he served in the U. S. Army as a Pershing Missile Crewman.  Stationed in Heilbronn, Germany, in addition to serving his nation, he created new poetic forms, like the bilding, the duododecad, and the American sonnet. There he fell under the influence of German Romantic music, philosophers from the preSocratics to Wittgenstein, particularly Nietzsche, and figures of German literature, such as Goethe, Hölderlin and Heine.  Back in the U. S., he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1983 from Western Washington University. There he met his wife, a brilliant linguist, scholar, and overall human being, Dawn Maia Lewis.  In 1984 they moved to Naselle, WA, where they had and reared two children, Douglas Donald, and Stephanie Elise.  From 1984 to 2017, he taught American, British and World Literature, along with courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Although Wise continually submitted poems to poetry journals and magazines throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and the first decade of the 2000s, everything he submitted was rejected, including by figures as diverse as Elizabeth Bishop (who thought an essay of his must be plagiarized, because it was “too good for one so young”), William Stafford (for whom he named one of his created poetic forms), Anthony Hecht (who accused him of a “Keatsian pretention”), and a rather doddering old Richard Wilbur, whom he, nevertheless, moderately admired.  It wasn’t until the second decade of the 21st century that his poetry began being published in periodicals and on Internet blogs; and it was at that time as well, after so much rejection, that he began developing anagrammatic heteronyms.  So much rejection (as of 2017 he had had no books published), however, has not been that bad of a thing, as it has forced him to constantly hone his poetry.  As Nietzsche wrote, in one of his clearer moments, “From life’s school of war, what does not kill me makes me stronger.”


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