Poetry Baron Wormser When: Poems

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When: Poems

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Selected by Alice Fulton as the Winner of the 1996 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.

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A steadfast characteristic of Baron Wormser's poetry is his absolute honesty. In When, winner of the 1996 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, he puts aside any expectations of poetic prettiness to take a clear, linguistically fresh look at issues such as AIDS, Vietnam, the ethics of fast-food consumption, and the seduction of Vegas. One of the sharpest poems, "Farmers Go Crazy Slowly," subtly reveals the societal elements behind the insanity of trying to run a farm in this century. Wormser's love of the world is evident, despite the searing light that he shines upon it.

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Baron Wormser, a master of the persona poem, is well known for his empathic exploration of possible lives. His fifth collection of poetry, Mulroney & Others, includes an examination of his own life as well. His newest lyric narratives provide glimpses of his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, as well as accounts of Vietnam vets and draft dodgers, socialites and outcasts. Loyal readers will welcome Wormser's trademark poise, the elegant balance he achieves with understatement both metrically deft and intellectually intricate. These poems prove Anas Nin's insight that "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Wormser's invitation to engage ourselves in seeing is irresistible, especially as he models the process with such impassioned interest. "'I know,' everyone is saying at once/To one another and the word-riddled universe. . . ." he writes. His poems tempt us to trade the obscurity of facile assumption for the powerful illumination of wonder. In Wormser's words, the universe is irrefutably personal.

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