Let Me Open You A Swan, by Deborah Bogen
Let Me Open You a Swan, chosen as Antivenom Prize winner by Michelle Mitchell-Foust, is the second full-length collection for poet Deborah Bogen whose previous works have been selected as prize winners by Edward Hirsch and Betty Adcock. Poems from this volume have appeared in Crazyhorse, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Margie, New Letters, Ploughshares, Sentence and other journals and have been featured on both Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. This year Bogen was among the twenty poets whose work was chosen as Best of the Net by Patricia Smith.
Let Me Open You a Swan brims with intellect and artistry. In "The Migraine's Art" she writes "harried by heaven's hurt.../the fox is out and bells are tolling fire/or priests,/their knuckles a nick in my skull." --Lynn Emanuel
Deborah Bogen...sees clearly into the past with a fierce imagination that brings forward the body's cargo...her endings turn us both inward and outward.. --Christopher Buckley
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