Deborah Bogen

Poet and Novelist

"What we have in Deborah Bogen's Let Me Open You a Swan is sublime poetry, the rare gift of a terrifying look into the shaping of a warrior poet and her work. " Michelle Mitchell-Foust "In Bogen, suffering cannot be transcended, and yet, while tribulation is fiercely present, it brings to the world an ironic and stubborn luster, a glint, a scintilla of light. "Let Me Open You a Swan" is a vibrant and wholly original work." Lynn Emanuel
Historical Fiction
In Book 2 Edric leaves England and travels perilous miles to Paris hoping to answer the spiritual questions that plague him. Along the way he meets Bertot le Brun, a painter, and lovely Marie, maid to Isabella du Forez. Sweet on Marie and apprenticed now to Bertot, Edric's almost happy, but the Inquisition is never far away. Even in Paris Bishop Hugo can make life hell. At least this time Edric is no longer an inexperienced boy...
In Book 1. The Inquisition has come to Aldinoch. Can three orphans find the courage and the allies necessary to save The Witch of Leper Cove?
Landscape With Silos was a National Poetry Series Finalist and Winner of the 2005 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize

"Deb Bogen writes poetry that is naked and necessary, unadorned and political, intelligent and genereous. The book brims with intelligence." ---Carol Frost
Living by the Children's Cemetery was Winner of the 2002 ByLine Press Chapbook Competition

Judge Edward Hirsch commented that the book "provides a profound answer to the poet's own call for 'someting sinister, something/ fragile, something Bessie Smith/ could sing.'"


The year is 1220 AD. In the village of Wynford 14 year-old Lyllie and her 12 year-old twin brothers, Edric and Wyllym, have lost both their parents. The three youngsters are placed in separate households by the local priest. Wyllym becomes a fuller's apprentice, Edric is given to the Church and Lyllie is taken on by Alys of Aldinoch, a healer and friend to the colony of lepyrs who live nearby.

As they settle into their new lives the young people are sure they've faced the worse, but they're wrong. Pope Honorius has just given the Dominican Order a charge: to travel Christendom and root out heresy. The ambitious Abbot at St. Mary's Cathedral accuses their friend, Alys, of wychcraft, placing Lyllie, Wyllym and Edric on a collision course with The Holy Mother Church and The Inquisition.

Here it is! The new book. Look for it on Amazon Kindle January 2014

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