RUTH ELLEN KOCHER is associate Chair of the English Department and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

“If we are all sometimes lost, as these haunting poems recognize, the gift is that we are lost in this world, a world Kocher’s compelling and often searingly tender voice speaks from.”—Beckian Fritz Goldberg

“We serve these poems best by listening, as they have listened to us.”—Alberto Rios

“This versatile poet blinks at nothing under the stars.”—Al Young