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The spare and subtle poems of Nina Bogin’s third collection map personal territory – places of memory and love as much as of language and geography. An American writing in her adopted France, in the eastern border region close to Switzerland and Germany, she examines – sometimes obliquely, sometimes directly – the traces history leaves on the land and its inhabitants, while also exploring her own, sometimes uneasy, relationship to time and place in a mother tongue that has undergone French and German influences, connecting her historically to the Middle Europe of her ancestors.
About the Author
Nina Bogin was born in New York City in 1952 and grew up on Long Island. She is married with two grown daughters and has lived in eastern France, near the Swiss and German borders, since 1976. She has published two previous volumes of poetry, In the North (Graywolf, 1989) and The Winter Orchards (Anvil, 2001).