Alice Fulton’s praise of Wormser as an "unabashedly American poet" still rings true in this sixth collection, as does Sydney Lea’s view that Wormser has the gift to "speak, not sloganistically but literally, for us all." What will surprise readers is that each poem accomplishes all of this in only fourteen lines—each loose sonnet simultaneously deft, analytical, and wry.

Baron Wormser is the author of six previous collections—The White Words, Good Trembling, Atoms, Soul Music and Other Poems, When, and Mulroney & Others—and is the co-author of Teaching the Art of Poetry. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Maine in 2000 and teaches at the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. He lives in Hallowell, Maine.