Poetry has power, and Wm. Richard Dempsey proves it again and again in this volume of verse, perspective, and meditations. Here are a fresh voice, accessible vision, clear images. Historian and retired intelligence officer, poet and novelist, he offers a questing intellect, a sensitive ear, and a gentle, sure pen. "I want to write poems that ordinary people would read and understand," the author says. "At the same time, I like to deal with important questions of our age. I do not shy away from hard issues." His poems and meditations deal with love and loneliness, with reflections on the cosmic mystery, with 9/11 and the Holocaust, and with the human thirst for understanding. This is an important book written in clear language by a writer attuned to our time.