The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart: Poems
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The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart: Poems

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This breathtaking collection of poems by Deborah Digges, published posthumously, brings us rich stories of family life, nature’s bounty, love, and loss—the overflowing of a heart burdened by grief and moved by beauty.

When Deborah Digges died in the spring of 2009, at the age of fifty-nine, she left this gathering of poems that returns to and expands the creative terrain w...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2010)
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Diann Blakely
The poetry world reeled out of its accustomed orbit when the news traveled that Deborah Digges had committed suicide at the age of 59. Fewer poets have, throughout their careers, been seemingly more life-affirming. We’re lucky to have been left, as part of Digges’ legacy, THE WIND BLOWS THROUGH THE DOORS OF MY HEART, a final collection of her work. In beautiful and multilayered poems such as “The Birthing,” we experience, through the poet’s words, not only a calf ’s fraught entrance into the wor...more
On the last day of April, poetry month, I finished a book of poems. This was not for lack of trying. I have been reading Wisława Szymborska's book View With a Grain of Sand for awhile now. For whatever reason, I haven't managed to finish that book, so I picked up Digges' last volume and read it over the last two days.

I feel like I am lying when I say I have finished this book today. I am not sure I will ever feel like I have completed my reading of these poems. Like all good poetry, they need to...more
A short but spectactular book. It contains a number of poems I wish I had written myself. The poems are a swirl of landscape and nature imagery, mythology, dreams, and human relationships. The book was published after the author's death, so it is interesting to imagine what poems might have been tweaked or contructed from drafts, and how some of the poems might have changed if the author had seen the book to its final version. The language is beautiful and enthralling, and the fact that we might...more
I plan to read this as soon as I can get my poetry-lust fingers on it. Oh, how I'd love to break into the publisher's office!

These poems were Deborah Digges's legacy to her readers. She reportedly took her own life in April 2009. Life made her get off the bus. But we can still get on hers, because she left these poems, and we can remember her name through her songs.
Yana Lyandres
I started to really appreciate some of the poems after a few reads. "Dance of the Seven Veils" and the title poem are my favorites. Others, however, I found to be intentionally difficult to grasp. I enjoy reading and re-reading poetry to better understand meaning and the richness of language, but also find it frustrating when the poet chooses to transfer all of the hard work of poetry to the reader to figure out. All in all, this was kind of a frustrating experience, but it was a nice mental cha...more
Powerfully beautiful book with an otherworldly feel. I loved all the poems but my instant favorite was "green".

This is an amazing book that requires more than one reading. The language is gorgeous!
Steven Farmer
Presumably the last title from Deborah Sugarbaker Digges. I recommend.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I approach all posthumous collections with some skepticism. I shouldn't. There are many fine poems in this book. The title poem is haunting as are "the house that goes dancing", "the coat", and "the birthing". Many poems, though, seem obscure, unfinished. I can't seem to follow them to places they want to take me. Digges's suicide was a tragedy. This collection fails us slightly because she could not have a hand in its completion.
I enjoyed most of the poems in here - "the house that goes dancing" and "the coat" were probably my favorites - but I'm not always one for the more abstract ones (I think some poets, not necessarily Digges, create the most absurd metaphors possibly hoping readers will be naive or dumb enough to think they're superb. In this book "eating the dragon's heart" approached that level to me). Still, her conversational tone was appealing.
Patrick Mcgee
I enjoyed these poems. However, I could tell that some were probably a bit unfinished, or, at least, not completely revised due to the author's death before the collection was completed. All in all, most of the poems were quite powerful and striking, if not just a tad sullen and on the dark side. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion. Recommended.
Gerry LaFemina
Always been a fan of Digges's work, and news of her suicide several years back was a blow--so I was happy to come upon this posthumous collection of new poems: a strong collection that plays with syntax and image, line and rhythm in ways that remind me why I liked her early work so much.
This is my introduction to the works of Deborah Digges. Her poems of grief and loss are remarkable.
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