Deborah Bogen

Poet and Novelist

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Chosen by Helene Cordona for the 2017 Jacar Press Poetry Book Award, "Free Fall" contains a suite of poems chosen by Jericho Brown for the 2016 New Letters Poetry Prize.
"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
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.'"

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IN CASE OF SUDDEN FREE FALL
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"Grown-up poems for grown-ups." Stuart Friebert

"I loved reading "In Case of Sudden Free Fall," Deborah Bogen's beautiful and remarkable oneiric prose poem collection. A delicious gem, it takes the reader on a soulful and transformative journey. Under Bogen's expert guidannce, we travel from enchantment to melancholy, to surprising encounteres with literary and artistic figures, to loss and death, and back to wonder." Helene Cardona

Chosen by Helene Cordona for the 2017 Jacar Press Poetry Book Award, "Free Fall" contains a suite of poems chosen by Jericho Brown for the 2016 New Letters Poetry Prize.

LET ME OPEN YOU A SWAN
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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


Landscape With Silos
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"Deb Bogen writes poetry that is naked and necessary, unadorned and political, intelligent and generous. The book brims with intelligence. And reality." --Carol Frost

"Bogenís poems have a kind of unpretentious authority, sometimes ruefully realistic, sometimes quietly mysterious; the whole of Landscape with Silos goes to make something stronger and greater than its parts."--Jean Valentine

"Here are poems of a lively intelligence, agile, wounded, and wise... quite simply a marvelous book."--Betty Adcock

Living By the Children's Cemetery
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In choosing Living by the Childrenís Cemetery as the 2002 ByLine Competition winner, esteemed poet and critic, Edward Hirsch, said "Living by the Childrenís Cemetery provides a profound answer to the poetís own call for "something sinister, something fragile, something Bessie Smith/ could sing."

In Case of Sudden Free Fall out now & new for 2017

BOOKS


2009 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Prize

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Landscape with Silos ---National Poetry Series Finalist and Winner of the 2005 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize.

Living by the Children's Cemetery -- Edward Hirsch's choice for the 2002 ByLine Press Competition. IF YOU'D LIKE A FREE COPY, PLEASE EMAIL ME.