ANN SNODGRASS lives in Cambridge and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has received awards for her work from the Academy of American Poets, the Fulbright Foundation, the PEN American Center, the Massachusetts Arts Lottery, the Utah Arts Council, the Chester H. Jones Foundation, and San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center and Poetry Archives.

“Here is a book that bears witness to a life of the greatest intensity about which few details are revealed except as poetry of a very high order, demanding of itself and the reader. She is simultaneously spare and baroque, unforgiving of self but with misericordia toward others. It seems her teachers were Celan, Asian poets, and Johann Sebastian Bach. She is exceptional, exceptional, exceptional—with a beautiful, unique voice.”—Stanley Moss