Each poem is accompanied by an addendum that further explains the factual circumstances of that poem's subject. The book also includes an Author's Note, a section describing the source material for each poem, and suggestions for further reading.
"[A]n intimate, comprehensive, imaginative view of a life, which also probes the relationships between poetry and creativity, mental fragility, love, marriage, and betrayal." (Booklist)
"Hemphill's verse, like Plath's, is completely compelling: every word, every line, worth reading." (The Horn Book Magazine)