Meet the Editor: Bruce Bond

Interview conducted by American Literary Review Editors

Bruce Bond is a Poetry Editor at American Literary Review. He is the author of, most recently, the poetry collection The Calling, out from Parlor Press. Bruce will be signing books at AWP at the ALR table (T1353) on Thursday from 1-2 pm. We asked Bruce a few questions about his views on craft, his work, and his editorial philosophy.

ALR: What was the last book you read, in any genre, that taught you something new about your craft?

Bruce Bond: The last book I read that taught me something new about my craft was Édouard Glissant’s The Poetics of Relation, wherein he takes the notion of rhizomic memory from Deluze and maps its relation to the slave trade in the Americas, how interconnected experience figures “beneath the surface” of daily relations that both evoke and destabilize our sense of collective identities.  I think of this as not only a fascinating subject for poetry but also a fascinating parallel to how poetic meaning works in both poems and interpersonal speech.  I am especially attracted to explorations into the psychology of power and identity as something to be explored via the distinctive strengths of poetry, with its profound and simultaneous inward and outward attentions.

ALR: What kinds of research feeds your creative process–music, movies, non-literary texts, archival work, etc.?

BB: I read a lot of philosophy at this age, though at earlier ages I read far more poetry and psychology, particularly humanist psychology of the 60s and 70s.

ALR: Could you talk about what you’re currently work on?

BB: I am currently at work on a long poem cycle entitled “Noosphere” that takes its title from Teilhard de Chardin’s notion that all of culture constitutes a vast complex akin to