Bogen Today and Tomorrow (My World and Welcome To It 23)

A very curious sensation. Post Poem Depression. This afternoon I turned in the manuscript, All of the Above: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2015. I have worked on the project for about two and a half years. Choosing the “best of” from ten books, giving myself permission to finish or fix the poems that might have been published but still itched that they needed work.  Noon-ish today I met with Kate Gale at Red Hen press to turn in the manuscript and discuss business.  Suddenly I became awash in despair when I left the office. I have never had children so cannot attest to the accuracy of the emotion but Post Poem depression seems to be a lot like what I imagine Post Partum depression to be.

The book will be out in Spring 2016. Much work to still be done: setting up readings, getting radio jobs when it comes out.   Yes, I’m happy but I’m also feeling sort of lost. 141 pages of New and Selected. Speaking of hills of beans……..



2 thoughts on “Bogen Today and Tomorrow (My World and Welcome To It 23)

  1. Dear Ms. Bogen,
    just watched your interview with Poetry LA and wanted to tell you how much I appreciate having a poet of your passion and talent working and living in the same city I live in. I don’t get out to many readings, but I’ve also been recorded by Poetry LA. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the interview. Good luck with the new book. I’m a parent, albeit a dad, and yes, I get this feeling every time my boy hits a major milestone.

  2. Dear Alejandro,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. Very much appreciated. I’m sure, as a poet, you know the feeling
    about working in a vacuum and not knowing if what you are doing reaches anyone. Great to hear they reached you.

    Best regards,

    Laurel Ann Bogen

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