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The Lost Hare

Nina Bogin

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (64 pages)
(Pub. May 2012)
9780856464454
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    Your Words

    Your words trouble the silver twilight.
    Mid-winter, and we are all alive.

    But the mountains have moved closer,
    their violet folds like a shawl

    we might wrap around us
    to keep out the cold.

    A first star appears, and immediately
    I’m drawn to it like a charm.

    If I care hard enough, as the sky deepens
    into a fragile, indigo calm,

    perhaps it will keep us from harm.
    But tonight I can’t be fooled.

    All day, I’ve carried your bad news
    like a stone in my pocket

    I keep fingering
    with my gloves on.

    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.

    Nina Bogin was born in New York City and grew up on the north shore of Long Island. She attended Kirkland College (now Hamilton College) and received a B.A. degree from New York University. She has lived in France since 1976, first in Paris and then in eastern France near the ... read more
    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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