Some Months in 1968
During the course of his career, poet-writer Baron Wormser has investigated the hearts of many matters. In Some Months in 1968, he portrays the Brownsons, a family of five living in suburban Baltimore, who experience one of the most tumultuous moments in American history. Using elements of flash-fiction, biography, poetry, history and essay, he reaches into the immediacy of daily breakfasts and the minds of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Ho Chi Minh, into the consumer culture of the United States and the stirrings of political and spiritual conscience, into music and raw violence. As a novel, Some Months in 1968, offers a vision of a society riven by conflicts. The relevance of those months, as this remarkable novel makes plain, remains.
"More than anyone I’ve read in recent years, Baron Wormser has the ability to see into the depths of the American soul with its greed, its violence, and the racial oppression that its founding depended upon. In his new novel, Some Months in 1968, this acute insight is set within the turbulence of an American family trying to navigate a year of violence and a son’s attempts to claim himself as a conscientious objector. Mixing their dialogue with short powerful descriptions of Ho Chi Minh and Lyndon B. Johnson, Wormser challenges the conventions of the novel to produce an inventive intersection of history, politics, family and a young man’s quest for God and conscience in an America where both feel increasingly absent. By the end, Wormser’s keen view of history almost feels prophetic, as inside of those months, our present time looms uncomfortably large."
— Karen Osborn, author of Centerville
About the Author
Baron Wormser is the author of nine books of poetry, a poetry chapbook, and is the co-author of two books about teaching poetry. His fiction includes a book of short stories and two novels. He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA program and is the Founding Director of Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching in Franconia, New Hampshire. Wormser served as poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2005. Learn more at baronwormser.com.