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In Memory of a Banyan Tree: Poems of the Outside World: 1985 to 2022
Three Wooden Trunks
The Country Where Everyone’s Name Is Fear: Selected Poems
  Bruce Bond

ISBN 978-0-9991994-1-1     $18.00      5.5 x 8.5       

76 pp      
PUB DATE: SEPT 2018       Featured Poetry


Frankenstein’s Children explores Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a lens into contemporary loneliness and hunger, fantasies of re-animation and artificial thought born of a dread that would deny or master the necessities that define us, join us, tear us apart. Having lost her own child, Shelley gives voice to a powerful illusion, a creature half-invented, half-found, raised from the dead and yet, by life, abandoned. These poems would bring her parable into conversation with movies and commercials that make of the dead a reciprocal companion. They would interrogate the creature as the dream he is, still, and the one he is not, full of real rage and confusion and the immaterial mystery of choice, that contradiction in his nature that makes him—and us—free to wander and console.

“Taken as a whole, these poems offer a cautionary tale that should be required reading. Bruce Bond’s sturdy meditations delve into the many versions of Frankenstein which the movies, but more importantly, modern life and “dawn’s machinery of smoke and progress,” have given us. Calmly, steadily, the progression of Bond’s poems unpacks the implications of Frankenstein’s wounded humanity. We make our monsters, and they in turn make “the motherboard of the future.” The vision of human history that emerges is one of fear, violence, and a chilling inventiveness that has pushed us toward the possibility of nuclear winter and climate collapse—when the remedy to human suffering might have been more direct and skillful. It is a testament to Bruce Bond’s humanity and to his skill as a poet that these poems have the power to move the heart. They might just wake us up.”

 —Margaret Gibson, author of Broken Cup and Not Hearing the Wood Thrush

“In 1818, Mary Shelley published her novel Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus, intending it as both horror story and a cautionary tale about human hubris and the desire to play god. Two hundred years later, Bruce Bond revisits the metaphor in nuanced, masterful poems that question what it means to be created, as well as to create, in this increasingly technocratic world. In a voice sometimes personal and sometimes public, with subject matter ranging from sleep machines on earth to astronauts walking on the moon, Frankenstein’s Children explores the beauty and monstrousness of human desire, its promise and its threat.”

 —Melissa Kwasny, author of Pictograph and Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today


About the Author

Bruce Bond


Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-one books including Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award) Sacrum, Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize), and Dear Reader. Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at University of North Texas.



When Lincoln spoke to our class
with such conviction from a chair

that did not move, what I loved
most was the part about speeches,

how they will consecrate no earth
as actions do; words are forgotten.

But there they were, in the mouth
of a machine so lifelike he had

a touch of nightmare in him, his
arm reaching slowly as he talked.

Beneath whatever ritual resolve,
a stubborn emptiness opened

the flower of his palm and just
as gently closed it. For all I knew,

it made him say these things to no
particular child. Class after class

that filed through the seats of his
lyceum, it made him scatter the ash

of words whose likeness will not
perish, vanquish, or ever live again.

—Bruce Bond