WASHING A LANGUAGE
Laurel Ann Bogen is an admirable poet with a distinctive voice. In this fascinating book, again and again she transforms her moments of joy, the wounds she has suffered, into a mouth, speaking her terse and immaculate poems, and often, miraculously, breaking into song.--Edward Field In Washing a Language, Laurel Ann Bogen makes an old poetry (political poetry, love poetry) new. If her themes are from the thrift store, this reader never noticed-she adds bleach an fabric softner, and carefully folds her poems so that they're ready for sale at the fanciest boutique. Bogen unearths treasure in this book. --Denise Duhamel A sturdy clarity attends these poems by Laurel Ann Bogen, along with the bright, declarative spin of her poet's fancy-an eyeful and an earful. But in the midst of these riches, at the animating core of them one might even say, there is the deep gaze of the disinterested mind, the artist's or the scientist's mind, that counts honestly as its first principle of seeing. It is this quality, above all the others I think, that makes a poem like "Vocation of the Chair" to name only one, so moving. --Aram Saroya
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