THE WEIGHT OF SNOW: NEW & SELECTED POEMS
2014 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS FINALIST (POETRY CATEGORY)
2014 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS FINALIST (POETRY CATEGORY)
2014 SAN FRANCISCO BOOK FESTIVAL HONORABLE MENTION
The poems in The Weight of Snow are heartfelt, skillfully written, and keenly observed fragments of the natural world and our lives there. Bravo.
- Gary Young, Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, Pushcart Prize
winning author of No Other Life, Braver Deeds, and Pleasure
In The Weight of Snow, author B. L. Bruce explores the many plights of the human species, from the mysteries of the heart and the inescapability of death, to the depths of human emotion. Told from the perspective of a poetic naturalist, Bruce shares her appreciation of the wild, illuminating the profound in the mundane while chronicling the natural world as both an observer and as an irrefutable part of it. Her poems focus strongly on image and locality, conjuring the imaginations of readers and celebrating the beauty in the follies of the human condition and its capacity to grip the soul.
B. L. BRUCE holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and creative writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently a writer, photographer, and editor, her work has appeared in over fifteen anthologies, magazines, and literary publications, including The Sun Magazine, Northwind Magazine, and The Soundings Review. Most recently she was named Featured Poet of The Wayfarer’s holiday issue, her work reflecting a life amongst her native California backdrop of redwoods and Pacific shoreline. She was nominated for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize in 2009 as a student of Santa Cruz’s first poet laureate, Gary Young. The Weight of Snow is her first book.