Subject Matter, Baron Wormser
Alice Fulton's praise of Wormser as an "unabashedly American poet" still rings true in this sixth collection, as does Sydney Lea's 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.
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.