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This book of sonnets—wide-ranging in their investigations of the body, the psyche, metaphysical hunger and its place in human conflict—owes its emotional power to the speed and focus of small songs taking part in a larger conversation. In honor and defiance of tradition, these sonnets turn their gaze outward to ask, is not a song more elusive than our story about it? How might our limits quicken and deepen the question of values? Whatever the anthem, as Bond explores it, something of its music is ever larger than its message, its measures more measureless, its window more capacious than its frame. Paisley Rekdal, author of Animal Eye, says, “Black Anthem is beautiful, smart, and relentlessly probing. Anyone interested in the sonnet tradition must read it.”
Bruce Bond, winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, is the author of fifteen previous books including, most recently, For the Lost Cathedral (LSU), The Other Sky (Etruscan), and Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan), and has been published by The Best American Poetry, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Raritan, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and others. Presently he is Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.