Today's poem is "18."
from Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods

Elixir Press

Bruce Bond is the author of eighteen books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017). Three of his books are forthcoming: Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press), Frankenstein's Children (Lost Horse Press), and Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions). Presently he is Regents Professor at University of North Texas.

Other poems by Bruce Bond in Verse Daily:
May 30, 2017:   "Ventriloquist" "It started with a doll, a woman..."
December 24, 2015:   "Circle" "So when I arrived in hell, the sign said..."
October 27 2015:   "Trinity" "Small things have a different logic to them...."
November 17, 2015:   "Smetana" "When an ear creates its own private pitch..."
August 28, 2014:   "The Abyssal Plain" "Here beneath the last revenant of light..." br>December 5, 2013:   "Shame" "When a boy passes out drunk at a party..."
May 16, 2013:   "Words Against the Walls of the City" "Night loves a ladder...."
March 21, 2013:   "What the Given Says to the Made" "How odd the ordinary birds that praise..."
March 16, 2012:   "Homage to the Left Hand" "Not the south paw of the left..."
September 1, 2011:   "Arrows" "Every thrill in us creates unease..."
September 9, 2010:   "Empire of Light" "It's the lantern that we look to most..."
April 17, 2009:   "Sand" "So many grains, so many little tombs..."
July 24, 2008:   "Tuning Fork" "Lynchpin of the singing wheel..."
June 26, 2008:   "Scar" "What is it you forget in your vigil..."
May 8, 2008:   "Will" "To the locusts that blur the lyres of their shells..."
April 16, 2008:   "Elegy for Tim Buckley" "Scat singing for the sleep deprived..."
July 8, 2007:   "Confessions of a Music Box" " No larger than a bird coffin..."
August 25, 2006:   "Black Iris" " Dear guitar, my Cyclops, my raft..."
August 14, 2006:   "Planetarium" " As the mobile of planets wheeled over my crib..."
April 18, 2004:  "The Ghost of Weather" "My father takes smaller steps..."
March 30, 2004:  "Rehearsals for the New Order" "The courthouse is empty now ablaze..."
October 12, 2002:  "The Chimneys" "After the fire the monoliths of brick..."
July 23, 2002:  "Mercy" "Dear happiness, forgive me..."

Books by Bruce Bond:

https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v7n1/poetry/bond_b/hunger.htm Other poems on the web by Bruce Bond:
Five poems
Four poems
"Elegy for the Last Man to Walk the Moon"
Two poems
Three poems
"In Memory of Jack Myers"
"Third Eye"
"The Birds of New Haven"
"Geppetto in Hell"
"Metaphysics of the Literal Heart"
"Water Burial"
Six poems
"Heaven?s Gate"
"The Dead Zoo"
"The Tadpoles"
"The Tree of Forgetting"
Two poems
"Night Arrival"
Five poems
"My Mother?s Closet"
Two poems
"A Little History of Waves"
"Cruor Dei"
"The Invention of Song"
"Thelonious Sphere Monk"
"Cruor Dei"
"The Invention of Song"

Bruce Bond according to Wikipedia.

About Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods:

"Bruce Bond has written a book length poem of spectacular beauty -- incantatory, shocking, full of wild imagery and eerie juxtapositions. This is a book to be read in a sitting, cover to cover, at first, in order to experience the full power of its accumulating force. But it's also a book the reader will return to over and over, one that continues to offer surprises and deeper insights, more rewards and greater epiphanies. Bruce Bond is a poet of extraordinary talent, a poet whose lifetime of devotion to his art has brought us this stunning and entirely new vision. However, in RISE AND FALL OF THE LESSER SUN GODS, we see not only all that such a poet is able to accomplish, but all that poetry itself accomplishes."
—Laura Kasischke

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