About the Poems
by Ann Neuser Lederer
More often than I can count, people have said about me: "She sees things that others do not see." This is not necessarily an advantage. In part, it may be an occupatal hazard of driving around the county at odd hours of the day or night. Once, bleary-eyed at 4 AM after an on call visit, I found myself on the wrong side of the road. It was a busy road adjacent to the mall, and I thought I knew it well. Luckily, at that hour, no one else was on it. A large concrete barrier prevented me from crossing over to the proper side. All I could think of to do was blink my headlights rapidly and honk the horn, hoping for the best. These poems are records of what I see and hear. I sometimes think of myself as a combination journalist and junk collector. Louise Nevelson is one of my role models.