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Bruce Snider

Bruce Snider is the author of the poetry collections Fruit (Wisconsin, 2020); Paradise, Indiana (Pleiades/LSU, 2012); and The Year We Studied Women (Wisconsin, 2003). His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Harvard ReviewKenyon Review, the Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, the Threepenny ReviewThe Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


Elegy for the Bully

Summer 2016 | Poetry

You have always been nosebleed 
     and nail-bite, the spit-shined halls 
where you harvested us with your tribal 
     clang. Too long we saw your face 
in every shadow, felt the whole forest 
     await your arrival like a nagging frost.  


Summer 2016 | Poetry

All day I’ve followed roads. Have I come that far?
Terre Haute, Greencastle. Kokomo’s not close, but not far.