WASHING A LANGUAGE

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Red Hen Press, May 1, 2004 - Poetry - 48 pages
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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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Contents

Sanctuary
13
Vocation of the Chair
26
Scissors
39
Copyright

About the author (2004)

Laurel Ann Bogen is a poet and teacher and performance artist living in Los Angeles. She is literary curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she coordinates the Writers In Focus poetry series. She's a founding member of the critically acclaimed poetry-performance ensemble, Nearly Fatal Women, which has performed in venues as diverse as the Knitting Factory in New York, Cornell University, Beyond Baroque/Literary Arts Center and the Cast Theater in Hollywood. As a solo artist, the L.A. Weekly named Bogen as "Best Female Poet/Performer" in their Best of L.A. issue and she has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pacificus Foundation as well. In addition to her printed work appearing in such magazines and periodicals as Los Angeles Times, Pearl, Yellow Silk, Second Coming, L.A. Weekly, Chiron Review, The Jacaranda Review, Rohwedder, Bakunin and Insomnia, Bogen's poetry can be found in many anthologies including The Maverick Poets, Second Coming Anthology, Poetry Loves Poetry, Stand-Up Poetry: The Anthology, Grand Passion: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, and Between the Cracks: An Anthology of Kinky Verse.

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