And hello. The last snow - surely it's the last snow - was not as bad as the predicted and we are now officially expecting Spring. I hope where you are the weather is a reason to be glad. What a winter this has been.
The Witch of Leper Cove is still for sale on Amazon. Here's a bit about the book - the year is 1226, the place,England. Three orphans, having recovered from their parents' deaths, are hoping for a trauma-free future. Life is never that simple. They find themselves once again involved in heavy matters, matching wits with the all powerful Church and its Inquisition. Can they save their friend, Alice, who is accused of witchcraft?
It's listed as a YA novel but so far it appeals to readers from 10 - 80. Maybe that's because the early middle ages are fascinating. Why not spend a little time in the 13th century.
Poetry Contest Woes and Wisdom
Guest Blogging at Daniel Wallace's Incompetent Writer
Spoken Word Paris
while in Paris I am turning back into a poet. This is where I will be reading MARCH 17th - so if you are in Paris show up!
The Witch of Leper Cove
click here to buy it now!
Sarah Kennedy reviews Let Me Open You a Swan
this is great five book review - scroll down to Swan if you just want to read that but the whole thing is worthwhile.
The interview with Diane Lockward about my poem, "The Rudest Gesture is the Phone that Rings in the Night"
Let Me Open You A Swan is available from www.spdbooks.org and Amazon.com. You'll find links on this site to help with the process. This book won the 2009 Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press and I am grateful to Dana Curtis, the world's peachiest editor, for the gorgeous presentation of these poems.
Right now you can find an interview about one of the poems, "The Rudest Gesture is the Phone that Rings in the Night" on Diane Lockward's fine Blog called "Blogalicious". A link to that is at the top of this column.
Scott Hightower has reviewed "Let Me Open You a Swan" in the online journal "Fogged Clarity." See the link for that above also.
Two poems from the book will be out in the next The Gettysburg Review.
Thanks to Peter Stitt & his great staff for that as well.
Crazyhorse Magazine has just launched their online version and you can read "Asylum", the long poem that opens my new book, there.
I have been a fan of Lynn Emanuel's work for a long time and finally got the chance to write about it. There's all the glamour of the postmodern wizardry but there is an underlying interest in elegy that you can read by clicking the link at the top of this page. I hope you check it out.
There are also three new reviews of "Landscape with Silos" available online, one at Valparaiso Review by Jana Bouma and one on Rattle by Cati Porter, and a third by Scott Hightower at Coldfront. You can see these reviews by clicking on the "Works" tab above, and then the links on that page.
A little life info
Born in 1950 in Billings, Montana, Deborah Bogen also spent some childhood time in Garrison North Dakota, a very small town which seemed largely populated with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandmothers. The contrast between Billings, where most families were trying to leave farming life behind, and Garrison which was and still is agriculturally based, was striking. When she was 15 she moved with her mother and brother to Marin County, just north of San Francisco, CA. This geographic move seemed like time travel: Montana in 1965 was nothing like California where the Berkeley counterculture movement just taking off. She was introduced to poetry there. Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder were frequent readers in the Bay Area and most coffee houses and corners boasted several poets. In 1968 she went to Pitzer College to study philosophy, but anti-Vietnam War political events on campus were equally educational and after the Kent State shootings and the resulting March on Washington she dropped out of school, married a hippie and moved to Bolinas to have hippie babies. Motherhood made her more conservative so she moved to Santa Rosa, CA which seemed safe and simple. By the time the kids were 10 and 12 and the hippie marriage was over she had gone to work for lawyers as a paralegal to pay bills. When she least expected it she re-met her college philosophy teacher, Jim Bogen. They married, raised kids and made art, philosophy, science and music in Southern California till 2000, and continue to do so in Pittsburgh, their current home.
Bogenís real poetry writing adventure did not begin till she was 47 when she took a poetry workshop run by Doug Anderson. That was followed by summer seminars at The Catskill Poetry Workshop, The Frost Place, Ropewalk and Bread Loaf. Her poems and reviews appear widely in journals including Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review,The Georgia Review, Margie, Poetry International, and Field. Her work has been featured twice on Poetry Daily and twice on Verse Daily. One of her poems has been chosen by Poetry Daily for inclusion in their new hardcopy anthology. Her chapbook, Living by the Childrenís Cemetery, was chosen by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2002 ByLine Press Competition and her full-length collection, Landscape with Silos, won the 2005 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize (judged by Betty Adcock). Landscape with Silos, was released by Texas Review Press in August 2006. She runs free writing workshops in her home.