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Louise A. Bogan
(1897-1970) born on
Aug 11
US lyric poet, critic. She wrote "Body of This Death," 1923; "A Poet's Alphabet," 1970.
I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them.
I hope that one or two immortal lyrics will come out of all this tumbling about.
[Your work] is carved out of agony as a statue is carved out of marble.
In a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: From "Journey in Word," ed. Cyndi Craven; an internet collection of quotations
R: Quoted in "Achievement in American Poetry: 1900-50," 1951.
A: Of her affair with fellow poet Theodore Roethke.
N: In letter to Theodore Roethke, in "Achievement in American Poetry: 1900-50," 1951.
K: In "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner, 1992.

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