Deborah Bogen

Poet and Novelist

POETRY
"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.'"

new books, old books, reviews....

LET ME OPEN YOU A SWAN
Reviews:

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

The Hounds of God
In Book 2 of the Aldinoch Chronicles 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 sweet 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 Edric's life hell. At least this time he is no longer an inexperienced boy...

The Witch of Leper Cove
It's the 13th century and the Holy Mother Church is under attack. Pope Honorius creates the Inquisition sending his hounds, the Dominican Friars, into Christendom to root out heresy wherever it may be. Even a tiny English hamlet is not safe.

Alice of Aldinoch, Lily's mentor and the village healer, is accused of heresy and imprisoned in the dank dungeon beneath Guildford Castle.

Lily and her brothers, Wyll and Edric, realize they're Alice's last hope, but what can three young people do? In this tale of betrayal, adventure and courage chances are taken and unexpected allies are found. But will that be enough to save the Witch of Leper Cove?


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."

BOOKS


Witch!

2009 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Prize

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.