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Bruce Bond

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Bruce Bond’s collections of poetry include Peal (Etruscan, 2009), Blind Rain (LSU, 2008), Cinder (Etruscan, 2003), The Throats of Narcissus (U. of Arkansas, 2001), Radiography (TIL Best Book of Poetry Award, BOA, 1997), The Anteroom of Paradise (Colladay Award, QRL, 1991), and Independence Days (R. Gross Award, Woodley, 1990). Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.

 

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Quicksilver

For the insatiable Flamel it meant

the secret to the philosopher’s stone,

which is why he slipped the element

back and forth, trickled the tiny suns

 

from hand to hand, too innocent to know

the everlasting life that he looked for

deep inside his melancholia slowly

poisoned him, dizzied him with quicksilver.

 

Perhaps you see it in a child’s puzzle

you cannot master, you cannot put away,

a maze filled with the watery metal.

Temperamental. Like the fever of days

 

that rise and fall in our thermometers.

We too rise and fall, into beds, the cold,

the pills we take, the need for always more

to cure us, to turn the body into gold.

 

        From Volume IV, Issue 2, 2009.