In these 37 prose-poems, ranging in density from short lists to treatises on poetics and philosophy, Anderson begins with a deceptively simple voice that breaks into dark hilarity: "No, you shall not be hurt. You may depart at once. All that is required is that you wear this placard reading, I am an ugly thing because I am superfluous."
Currently working as a dance critic for the New York Times, Anderson has written eight previous books of poetry and seven books of dance criticism. He has read his poems at colleges and cultural centres in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.