Bruce Snider


Bruce Snider is the author of three poetry collections, Fruit, (University of Wisconsin Press, Spring 2020); Paradise, Indiana (Pleiades Press, 2013); and The Year We Studied Women (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003). He is co-editor of The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2018). His poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry, Threepenny Review, UTNE, and ZYZZYVA, among others. His awards include a James A. Michener Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the Jenny McKean Writer-in-Washington award, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, the Felix Pollack Prize in Poetry, the Four Lakes Prize in Poetry, as well residencies from Yaddo, the Millay Colony, the Amy Clampitt House, the James Merrill House, VCCA, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco. Source


Today, I’m taking my father

for more tests, his eyes


failing even as we walk

out into the knee deep drifts.


Like his father before,

he takes two shovels from their hooks,


the particles of his hands

sewn somewhere in mine,


so much of him

silent in me as we walk


the bright hemorrhage of white.

He starts at one end,


I start the other, each scoop

unmaking the snow, which has taken


over porches, stoops, skeletal trees

hedging the road. Soon,


he won’t be able to make out the handle

he’s gripping. We don’t speak,


piling the crude heaps,

first him, then me, the black


grammar of railroad ties

announcing the perimeter.


The weatherman   calls for more–

seven inches by nightfall–


but the old Chevy rattles

as I rev the engine,


my father leaning to scrape

the windshield clear of ice


until he’s certain I can see.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:




Doubt & Fear


Health & Illness

Literary Devices:


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


The repetition of similar vowel sounds that takes place in two or more words in proximity to each other within a line; usually refers to the repetition of internal vowel sounds in words that do not end the same.


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line