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Luster Luster Luster Luster Luster
by Don Bogen
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 ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published November 3rd 2003 by Wesleyan
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It is Bogen’s “coiling springs of intellect” and “flexible and finely sensitive idiom” that I admire the most. The poems are not only finely crafted, but also lucid and inventive. Often the poems illuminate the mundane as in the poem “Bullhorn” where a megaphone is described as “a gun for the mouth” (4). Or in the poem “Card Catalog,” a file of cards is described as “a piece of furniture with a whole room built around it” (15). Those of us who grew up with the near-extinct Card Catalog as our on ...more