Bruce Bond (born 25 June 1954) is an American poet and creative writing educator at the University of North Texas.
Bond earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Pomona College, a Master of Arts degree in English from Claremont Graduate School, and a Masters in Music Performance degree from the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver. He then worked several years as a classical and jazz guitarist. In 1987, he earned a PhD in English from the University of Denver. Since then, he has taught at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Wilfrid Laurier University (in Canada), and the University of North Texas, where he currently is a Regents Professor of English and Poetry Editor, with Corey Marks, of American Literary Review.
If you are going there by foot, prepare
to get wet. You are not you anymore.
You are a girl standing in a pool
of clouds as they catch fire in the distance.
Dear guitar, my Cyclops, my raft,
my drunken casket, my doll
without arms, my willow, my ink,
It's the lantern that we look to most,
there in the shape of a man with his dark hat
and radiant head, his arms cut short,
Now that obituaries come online
with coroner reports and full disclosure,
imagine the ways to betray a man