A father and son shovel snow from a driveway; a boy accidentally sets himself on fire; two boys fish for bluegill; a young drag queen returns home to die. At the center of it all, a teenage boy’s suicide resonates through the lives of those closest to him. The poems in Bruce Snider’s Paradise, Indiana describe a place where mundane events neighbor the most harrowing.
Bruce Snider’s first book, The Year We Studied Women, won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, PN Review, and Gettysburg Review. Originally from Indiana, he was a Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and has been writer-in-residence at both the James Merrill House and Amy Clampitt House. He currently lives in San Francisco.
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