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The Lost Hare
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. May 2012)
Your words trouble the silver twilight.
But the mountains have moved closer,
we might wrap around us
A first star appears, and immediately
If I care hard enough, as the sky deepens
perhaps it will keep us from harm.
All day, I’ve carried your bad news
I keep fingering
The spare and subtle poems of Nina Bogin’s third collection map personal territory – places of memory and love as much as of language and geography. An American writing in her adopted France, in the eastern border region close to Switzerland and Germany, she examines – sometimes obliquely, sometimes directly – the traces history leaves on the land and its inhabitants, while also exploring her own, sometimes uneasy, relationship to time and place in a mother tongue that has undergone French and German influences, connecting her historically to the Middle Europe of her ancestors.
Praise for Nina Bogin 'Painful, moving and consolatory... sure-footed, clear-sighted evocations of the lovely delicacies of a transient world and a brave testimony to the waning of a treasured relationship.'
Michael Glover, The Tablet 'She is always responsive and thoughtful...analytical and angry to excellent effect.'
Dilys Wood, Artemis Poetry
'Nina Bogin has a rare skill with words.'
Anthony Clay, Chase
'Nina Bogin writes beautiful, spare, exemplary poems from which everything unnecessary is quietly stripped away.'
Alison Brackenbury, Poetry Review
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