Other literary forms
Although William Bronk was one of the most prolific American poets of the post-World War II era, he also published a substantial body of nonfiction essays that explored the themes that shaped his poetic vision. When still involved with the academic world in the late 1940’s, Bronk authored a collection of groundbreaking essays on nineteenth century American writers, most prominently Herman Melville and Henry David Thoreau, that he would not publish until 1980 as The Brother in Elysium: Ideas of Friendship and Society in the United States. Late in his life, Bronk collected three decades of prose writings in Vectors and Smoothable Curves: Collected Essays (1983). The collection included selections from The Brother in Elysium and two earlier limited editions, The New World (1974) and A Partial Glossary: Two Essays (1974). The essays treat a wide range of topics, including Bronk’s investigations into Mayan and Incan civilizations, his meditations on the relationship between time and space, and his theories on the nature of desire.