"As with Poems, the reader is invited to spend time with the work as a whole, to engage with Trakl's fractured, dream-like vision. . . . The poems in this book are charged, if possible, with a more sombre atmosphere than his earlier collection. The sadness comes through clearly and lingers. The recurring themes are visited from varying angles and directions. One can sense the poet trying to focus his vision while over it all hangs the eerie premonition of death that will soon be freed from the pages and realized by the increasingly discouraged and depressed writer."– "Rough Ghosts"