Bruce Meyer is author of 35 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, pedagogy, and literary journalism. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Barrie, Ontario. His recent books of poetry (of which The Obsession Book of Timbuktu is his 11th collection) include Mesopotamia (Scrivener Press, 2009), Dog Days: A Comedy of Terriers (Black Moss Press, 2009), and A Book of Bread (Exile Editions, 2012). Forthcoming poetry collections in 2014 include Testing the Elements (Exile Editions) and The Seasons: One Hundred Sonnets (Porcupine’s Quill Press). His broadcasts with Michael Enright on the Great Books for This Morning are the CBC’s bestselling spoken word series, and his non-fiction book, The Golden Thread: A Reader’s Journey Through the Great Books (Harper Collins, 2000) was a national bestseller.
Poet Laureate of Toronto, George Elliott Clarke has these words to say about Meyer’s poetry:
“Bruce Meyer knows that the secret of good poetry is obsession. Herein he gives us a book full of desire — the “flame of a love unanswered” and dreams that are a “caravan of ideas.” Meyer’s singular genius is to make the mundane miraculous and the earthly exotic. To read Meyer is to share his passion for beauty, whether it is “obsession and February” or the transcendent joy available in a desert — of snow (or sand) — but only if one would know that to dream is to defy limits.”