Louise Bogan

Born in Maine, Louise Bogan (1897 -1970; imagine having lived those years) was admired by W.H. Auden and served as poetry editor of The New Yorker for decades. In her exquisite poems, intellect rules over emotion, and “beauty is wrested from dark places” as Auden put it. Here are my favorites. … A Tale This youth too long has heard the breakOf waters in a land of change.He goes to see what suns can makeFrom soil more indurate and strange. He cuts what holds his days togetherAnd shuts him in, as lock on lock:The arrowed vane announcing weather,The tripping racket…

Louise Bogan

Born in Maine, Louise Bogan (1897 -1970; imagine having lived those years) was admired by W.H. Auden and served as poetry editor of The New Yorker for decades. In her exquisite poems, intellect rules over emotion, and “beauty is wrested from dark places” as Auden put it. Here are my favorites. … A Tale This youth too long has heard the breakOf waters in a land of change.He goes to see what suns can makeFrom soil more indurate and strange. He cuts what holds his days togetherAnd shuts him in, as lock on lock:The arrowed vane announcing weather,The tripping racket…