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Don Bogen

Wesleyan Poetry Series

2003 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6650-8
$12.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7066-6

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Vivid exploration of what the world of objects reveals about our lives.

Don Bogen’s latest volume, Luster, takes on everything from bullhorns to the cultivation of olive trees in poems that are sharp-edged and open to surprise. They capture not just things themselves but the essential contexts—history, power, the personal and the social—that give them meaning. The stylistic dexterity and range of approaches here make the book as rich as the world it engages. Luster includes evocations of place and memory, character studies of figures from Coleridge to Tarzan, a verse epistle, and an extended meditation on machines in our daily lives, all within an overarching vision. From racehorses to waterwheels to great cities, Bogen illuminates “things that go,” in both their dynamism and their inevitable decay. Luster traces the sheen of human activity that clings to the world around us: imperfect, irrevocably marred by time, but always gleaming.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Don Bogen has long been one of our finest poets, and Luster is his best book. Distinguished for its mix of styles and forms, Luster attempts nothing less than a reclamation of public poetry...” —Alan Shapiro, author of Song and Dance

“In his hands, the prose of life turns to poetry of sober dignity, ethical urgency, and wit. He sells nothing short, buys nothing cheap. Luster is a durable and valuable book.”Rosanna Warren, author of Stained Glass

From the Book:

Where is it going
in its carton of steel,
the body transformed
to a blunt dream?
It shines in the dark:
high beam, low beam
nosing a course
focused as a shark's
through a shipwreck--
you can't predict it.
—from "Pedestrian Song"

DON BOGEN is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of The Known World (Wesleyan, 1997) and After the Splendid Display (Wesleyan, 1986).

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