Deborah Digges


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Deborah Digges (February 6, 1950 – April 10, 2009) was an American poet and teacher.

She was born Deborah Leah Sugarbaker in Jefferson City, Missouri, on February 6, 1950. Her father was a physican and her mother was a nurse; she was the sixth child in a family of ten children.

Digges received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California-Riverside in 1976, a ... more »

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  • ...they seem embarrassed by their own stupid beauty./Erect, with those decorous irridescent [sic] rings/around their throats and eyes,/theirs is the plump strut of royalty/parading dutifully among the...
    Deborah Digges (b. 1950), U.S. author. "Descent of Man," lines 7-11 (1986).
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Darwin's Finches

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My mother always called it a nest,
the multi-colored mass harvested

from her six daughters' brushes,
and handed it to one of us

after she had shaped it, as we sat in front
of the fire drying our hair.

She said some birds steal anything, a strand
of spider's web, or horse's mane,

the residue of sheep's wool in the grasses
near a fold

where every summer of her girlhood
hundreds nested.

Since then I've seen it for myself, their genius—
how they transform the useless.

I've seen plastics stripped and whittled
into...

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