Winner of the 2009 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award


LET ME OPEN YOU A SWAN

Winner of the 2009 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award

Judge Michele Mitchell-Foust: “Deborah Bogen is the real thing, and she knows the power of beautiful language to stir and hypnotize, to get to the heart of the matter, but also to confuse the issue, to send the reader dreaming, so she slows her beauty down, roughs it up, breaths air into it, so the reader never dreams through the good parts…. 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.”

Deborah Bogen’s poems and reviews appear widely. Her first full-length collection, Landscape with Silos, won the 2005 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2006. Recent poetry can be found in Shenandoah, The Gettysburg Review, Field, Margie, and Poetry International. Her chapbook, Living by the Children’s Cemetery, was selected by Edward Hirsch as winner of the 2002 ByLine Press Chapbook Competition. She now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she runs free fiction and poetry workshops.

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