EWU alum presents: The Totem


Courtesy of Edmond Bruneau

Cover art for “The Totem.”

By Kaisa Siipola, Reporter

EWU alumnus Edmond Bruneau presents 126 new poems and one short spiritual story in his third and newest poetry book: “The Totem.”

Bruneau will host a reading of The Totem at the Unitarian Universal Church in Spokane on Feb. 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Bruneau graduated from EWU in 1975 with a bachelor’s in journalism and was the editor in chief for The Easterner from 1972 to 1973.

One of the poems in “The Totem” is about The Easterner and covers how surprised he was to be the first sophomore ever in the managing editor position.

Bruneau commends EWU for providing him a well-rounded education and forming his work as a poet.

Bruneau had an interest in poetry when he was in high school and was a poet in college. He took a break from writing poetry after he graduated.

During his hiatus from poetry, Bruneau became the president of an advertising and marketing firm, Creative Consultants in 1980.

Since retiring as president in 2009, Bruneau has written three poetry books, including “Colors of My Within” in 2011 and “New Hues and Past Tales” in 2015. “Colors of My Within” is a collection that captures his “age of innocence,” while the poems in “New Hues and Past Tales” combine self-reflection and sensitive observations of his elderly father and life events turning into passages.

After leaving the firm, Bruneau used his skills in writing to pursue another passion: music. He began the music group Robot Raven in 2015 with his “partner in crime,” John Rigg. Bruneau and Rigg released their first album, called “Greatest Hits Part 1,” the same year in April.

They’ve released four other albums since, including “Greatest Hits Part  2” in January 2016, “Life Goes on” in January 2017, “Set to Soar” in February 2018 and “Robot Raven Rockers” in June 2018. Bruneau writes the song lyrics and Rigg handles the instrumental work.

The albums he released are classic rock, country, British punk and a little bit of hip-hop. Bruneau and Rigg want to bring back the classic rock genre from the late 1960s and 1970s.

Bruneau continues to write poetry and song lyrics for Robot Raven.

He says writing poetry is beneficial to him because it helps capsulize his thoughts and emotions.

He hopes that readers find his writing accessible and easy to digest in a warm, welcoming manner.

More information on Bruneau’s readings can be found on his Facebook page