Larry Bradley


Larry Bradley’s poems have been published in the New Republic, the Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, and in the online journal Blackbird. Frequently elegiac, Bradley’s work is rich with alliteration and shows a deep knowledge of, and reverence for, natural landscapes. His awards include a New Millennium Writings Award. Source


Learn from the man who spends much of his life speaking

             To the back of your head knowing what it means to follow


The razor’s edge along a worn strop or random thoughts

             As they spring so invisibly from the mind to a mouth


Who shouldered soldiers in two wars and fled fire fields

             Undecorated who fathered once but was fatherless forever


And who works his sentiments in deeper into your scalp

             Under a sign on the knotty-pine walls whose rubric reads


quot homines, tot sententiae which means he sees

             In you his suffering smells of horehound tonics and gels


Pillow heads and powders and a floor full of snippings

             Swept neatly every evening into a pile for the field mice


All those roundabout hours only a man who fixes his tie

             To clip crabgrass crowding a lady’s grave could believe


With a certain clean devotion and who would never for one

             Moment dream of hurting you when your back was turned





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:




Mental Health

Strength & Resilience

Violence & War

Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit

Extended Metaphor

a metaphor that extends through several lines or even an entire poem


visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.


The use of multiple words with the same root in different forms.