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Gold Bee (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)

by Bruce Bond

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"In his collection Gold Bee, Bruce Bond takes his cue from Wallace Stevens's Harmonium, bringing a finely honed talent to classic poetic questions concerning music, the march of progress, and the relationship between reality and the imagination. Blending humor and pathos, Bond examines the absurdities of contemporary life: "The modern air so full of phantom wires, / hard to tell the connected from the confused / who yak out loud to their beleaguered angels." At other times, his intricately crafted lyrics weave together myth and history to explore the various roles music and art play in the human experience, as when Bond's poems meditate on Orphean themes, descending to the underworld of loneliness, commercialism, or death and emerging with hard (and hard-won) truths. Addressing broadly ranging topics--from a retelling of the story of Artephius, the fabled father of alchemy, to a meditation on a fashion ad's wind machine--Bond's voice is always penetrating in its examination, yet wondering in the face of beauty, conjuring for the reader a world where music has "the power / to move stones, not far, but far enough.""-- "Gold Bee is a book of lyric meditations, many of them formal in approach, which begins with an exploration of music and its redemptive power, then moves to the underworld, focusing on collective and individual suffering, before finishing with a section asking readers to reconsider the worth of money and gold, and question the realities of daily life"--… (more)

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