Bruce Bond

Bond Bruce

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-five books including, most recently, Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, SIU Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way, 2017), Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018), Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019), and Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU, 2019).  Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.


  • Oracle, Mallarmé & Stone

    A broken rib could be the sign
  • Guitar & Lantern

    The boy with prosthetic limbs is the flame
  • Skin and Arioso

    I am sending off my blood for the story of who I am.
  • Book of Dolls

    The psychoanalyst has left the building
  • The Call |Palm

    You and I, we have been here before.
  • Wozzeck | Casualty

    Even the toneless whisper finds its cradle, its home,
  • Contagions of the Visible

    In the optics of the dark ages, the eye

    I knew a girl once