When: Poems

Baron Wormser (Author) Alice Fulton (Foreword by)


The most salient feature of Baron Wormser's work is its empathy. As he says in "Poems, " Your soul's a canyon. And their souls too. Wormser conflates his soul with the reader's soul and thereby erodes conventional distinctions between "us" and "them." But Wormser seems most likely to identify with us when we feel excluded, estranged, awkward, when we resist the homogenizing effects of modern life. His speakers and subjects range from a lowly ant to the residents of a terminal children's ward to a naively idealistic hippie confronting the guardian of a missile silo in the Midwest. The voices in these poems do not observe so much as sink down into the inexplicably unfair lottery of life, giving us perspective from both the blessed and luckless among us.

Product Details

Price: $12.95  $11.91
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Published Date: September 01, 1997
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 5.99 X 0.33 X 8.97 inches | 0.44 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781889330044
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About the Author

Wormser is the author of seven books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a memoir, among others. He directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Wormser served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005.