Honored, during the course of her literary career, with almost every major poetry award, Louise Bogan (1898-1970) was the poetry critic for The New Yorker for nearly forty years. The Blue Estuaries contains her five previous books of verse along with a section of uncollected work, fully representing a unique and distinguished contribution to modern poetry over five decades.
""Behind the Bogan poems is a woman, intense, proud, strong-willed. . . . Her poems can be read and reread: they keep yielding new meanings, as all good poetry should. The ground beat of great tradition can be heard, with the necessary and subtle variations. Bogan is one of the true inheritors.""--Theodore Roethke
""Now that we can see the sweep of forty-five years' work in this collection of over a hundred poems, we can judge what a feat of character it has been. . . . [Bogan's] is a language as supple as it is accurate, dealing with things in their own tones. . . . Reading this book with delight, I was struck by a career of stubborn, individual excellence.""--William Meredith, The New York Review of Books