Louise Bogan Poems

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Louise Bogan
Louise Bogan (August 11, 1897 - 1970) was an American poet who felt that “lyric poetry if it is at all authentic…is based on some emotion—on some occasion, on some real confrontation.” Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine where her father Daniel Bogan worked for various paper mills and bottling factories. She spent most of her childhood years with her parents and brother growing up in mill towns in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts where Bogan and her family lived in working-class hotels and boardinghouses until 1904. During this time, Bogan was exposed to the volatile marriage of her parents brought on by her mother’s affairs which may have affected her own personal decisions as well as her poetic style later on in life.

sunday morning
Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair,
And the green... [read poem]
the emperor of ice-cream
Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupis... [read poem]
a high-toned old christian woman
Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
Take the moral law and make a nave of it
And from t... [read poem]
thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird
Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the black bird.
... [read poem]
epitaph for a romantic woman
She has attained the permanence
She dreamed of, where old stones lie sunning.
Untended sta... [read poem]
the snow man
One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees cruste... [read poem]
peter quince at the clavier
Just as my fingers on these keys
Make music, so the self-same sounds
On my spirit make a m... [read poem]
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