Psychosis in the Produce Department (Paperback)

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Psychosis in the Produce Department: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2015 gathers the best work from Laurel Ann Bogen’s previous ten books as well as new and unpublished poetry. Ranging in themes as diverse as horrific beauty and exquisite madness, dysfunctional families, love and anti-love, life in Los Angeles and Hollywood, and growing up as a Baby Boomer, these poems offer sly, humorous, surreal—and most crucially, accessible—genre-busting work that can only be called Vintage Bogen.
Readers are also given the unique opportunity to experience the full power of Bogen’s critically acclaimed poetry performance through ten included QR codes that link to audio files of select poems in the collection.

About the Author

Despite an award-winning 30-year career, Laurel Ann Bogen—poet, performance artist, teacher, author of ten books including Washing a Language (Red Hen Press, 2004) and The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies (Red Wind Books, 1996)—might be mistaken for an overnight sensation. The arc of her writing career began during the 1970s, through years of harrowing confinement inside the back wards of psychiatric hospitals. She carved her way back to life through poetry and, along the way, has influenced decades of LA-based poets, students, lovers (and even non-lovers) of language with her unmistakable and unmistakably powerful voice. Bogen has taught in the UCLA Writer’s Extension Program since 1990 and is also a founding member of the celebrated poetry performance ensemble, Nearly Fatal Women. She lives in Los Angeles.

Praise For…

“Laurel Ann Bogen’s poems are lethal and smoking. If she is often painfully conscious at what we do to each other in the name of love, her poems are also rambunctious insignias of hope and courage. All of the Above is an exuberant mix of human passions, a collection of poems that are at once mad with voltage and utterly sane . . . a great pleasure to read.”
—Steve Kowit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781597099936
ISBN-10: 1597099937
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English