Give It Back

By Don Bogen Don Bogen
Give it back—I made it all up
That alcove where surplus glowed under dust
Unfinished, an attic space with nails poking down
Khaki of sheet metal, orange flickering in tubes
Ephemeral as the smells, which were plywood, solder, and Kents
Color words, smell words—I put them in a book
Everything there is still missing
Two lies of remembrance: it was always winter
Things could speak

Don Bogen, "Give It Back" from An Algebra. Copyright © 2009 by Don Bogen.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: An Algebra (The University of Chicago Press, 2009)

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Poet Don Bogen

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Youth, Activities, Indoor Activities, Relationships, Friends & Enemies

 Don  Bogen

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A writer and critic, Don Bogen earned his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the poetry collections After the Splendid Display (1986), The Known World (1997), Luster (2003), and An Algebra (2009).

Bogen’s poetry engages the private, public, and historical realms, often in formally innovative ways. Commenting on An Algebra, poet Ron Slate found Bogen to be “cutting narrative loose . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Youth, Activities, Indoor Activities, Relationships, Friends & Enemies

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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