Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-eight books including, most recently, Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019), Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU, 2019), Scar (Etruscan, 2020), The Calling (Parlor, 2021), Behemoth (New Criterion Prize, Criterion Books, 2021) and Patmos (Juniper Prize, UMass, 2021). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.  Presently he teaches part-time as a Regents Emeritus Professor of English at the University of North Texas and performs classical and jazz guitar in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


  • A Brief Portfolio

    I said goodbye to a friend who left a hole filled
  • Fable 7, 8 & 9

    I knew a boy with swastikas on his sneakers. I never knew the story.
  • 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