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Scattered Chapters: New & Selected Poems

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“[Baron] Wormser is a beautiful writer of the meditative-narrative poem in the compassionate and lucid style of Frost, Hayden Carruth, and Donald Hall. Like those writers, his poems dignify rural lives, but also explore the national soul with particularly American integrity and frankness. Conversational, civilizing, thoughtful, and often funny, too, there are many extraordinary poems in these Scattered Chapters.”—Tony Hoagland

Baron Wormser is the author of seven books of ...

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Overview

“[Baron] Wormser is a beautiful writer of the meditative-narrative poem in the compassionate and lucid style of Frost, Hayden Carruth, and Donald Hall. Like those writers, his poems dignify rural lives, but also explore the national soul with particularly American integrity and frankness. Conversational, civilizing, thoughtful, and often funny, too, there are many extraordinary poems in these Scattered Chapters.”—Tony Hoagland

Baron Wormser is the author of seven books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a memoir. He directs the Frost Place Conference and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program. He served as Poet Laureate of Maine and now lives in Vermont.

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Publishers Weekly

This first career retrospective from Wormser (Carthage) should make his unpretentious, undaunted and unpredictable work better known. Recently poet laureate of Maine and known for his rural life, Wormser has always been drawn to plain speech, to the unpretentious, honest virtues he finds in blue-collar New England ways. Yet he also sustains an interest in quirky words, in awkwardly capacious long lines and in the more elaborate storytelling of his own Yiddish-speaking forebears. The combination made for sad, confident poems beginning in the 1980s, most confident when they involved characters-"The Suicide's Father," for example, begins: "Everything has become a museum./ Where I live is where I lived." Wormser's 2000 breakthrough, Mulroney and Others, consisted largely of vivid poems about, or spoken by, other people-the high school teacher who wishes he couldn't predict his students lives, the hippie kid who joined the army in frustration. The new poems here also display these same strengths. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932511611
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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.
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