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Author: Bruce Bond
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Crab Orchard award series in poetry.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Bond, Bruce, 1954-
Gold bee.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016007914
(OCoLC)940520664
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Bond
ISBN: 9780809335336 0809335336
OCLC Number: 954481563
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; I.; Kalliopē; Cello; The Invention of the Harp; Bone Flute; Ivory; The Invention of Polyphony; Smetana; Hero; Semper Fidelis; Gift; II.; Prima Materia; The Paintings of the Chauvet Cave; Charon; Honey; The Invention of Paradise; Byzantium; Midas; The Underground Railroad; Three; Golden Ratio; III.; A Bridge Made of Water; IV.; Gold Bee; Tooth; The Progress; Virtual; Wind Machine; Wings; Angel's Trumpet; Gold; The Bells of Prague; Back Cover
Series Title: Crab Orchard award series in poetry.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: 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"--

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