Volume 69, Number 1 · Fall 2019

Book of Dolls 32

I had a beautiful Frankenstein once
I made from the fragments, fused with glue,
and I gave to him the sad complexion
of acetylene and angels and postcards
of distant earth. He was my other father,
my little man of science at odds with death,
born of it and thus, like me, its orphan.
But our conversations, as I got old, got
older, as graves are, before they turn
more boring and alone. What can I say.
I set Frankenstein on fire. And if I woke
to hear his cry, I knew. It was my own.
I knew a dream must die to be at last
that dream. That orphan of the child I was.

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-three books including, most recently, Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (Louisiana State University Press, 2017), which won the 2018 L. E. Phillabaum Award; Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Press, 2018), which won the Elixir Press Fiction Award; Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018); Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse Press, 2018); and Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He is currently the Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.