The Weight of Snow is alive with style and filled with beautiful, nostalgic imagery. Bruce’s free verse poetry is rich with detail, and her evocative language will stay with you long after reading this collection. Deeply introspective and profoundly insightful, each new poem displays great thematic range and literary sensibility. I have no doubt that Bruce will be a strong and important voice for modern poetry.
– J. Rodriguez
A poignant and beautiful story of a life, experiences, memories, and pain. Ms. Bruce is truly a gifted poet and one need only read the first poem to understand her talent and what this book holds. I highly recommend The Weight of Snow for how it touches, reveals, and informs and for its beautiful simplicity.
– K. Heartsong
* The following poems are excerpts from the book The Weight of Snow: New & Selected Poems by B. L. Bruce, c. 2014
In the waning darkness,
the southern valley wide,
mountains violet with distance:
white snowfields cut between low fences
and rows of poplars, their leaves now shaken away.
I think only of spring, tiring of the way winter
erases everything, covers all with the wisdom of endings—
the songs of the river silenced, snow-veiled trees unmoving—
the heaviness of nothing.
From behind the thin curtains at the window,
I hear the pines breaking.
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CLIMBING NORTH MOUNTAIN IN SPRING
Sonata of the mockingbirds
from the high limbs of the poplar,
the curtains shift;
petals are loosened
from the tangle of bougainvillea vine,
are pulled to the earth
in a brilliant snow of tangerine and magenta.
I go north,
the noise too unsettling,
climb small Sugarloaf Mountain to
wander through redwoods,
the valley hidden in mist.
For now, only the quiet words
of the wind, hum of cicadas;
thoughts of you like mountain streams,
* This poem first appeared in The Wayfarer, 2013
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Excerpt from The Weight of Snow: New & Selected Poems by B. L. Bruce
c. Black Swift Press, 2014