Who Are We Then?
Author: Ed Werstein
Publisher: Partisan Press (2013)
"The poems in Ed Werstein's first chapbook, Who Are We Then?, show us out society dividing further into 'haves' and 'have nots' as 'crumbling bricks of abandoned factories' (Resolution Review). His passionate and thoughtful words, strong images, and insightful questions step down off the soapbox and march poetically straight into our hearts, with much music and gravity."
–Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011–12)
"Ed Werstein, a deeply talented practitioner of the poetry of protest, is profoundly familiar with the frustration of the powerless—and also possesses a rare ability to communicate his indignation with striking sincerity and conviction. The poems in Who Are We Then? are precisely on target, and never does Werstein allow anger and outrage to overwhelm them. If he, in his own words, has 'altar-boyed and baseballed . . . anti-drafted and anti-warred,' the reader in turn will mind-broaden, truth-seek, and lie-detect by reading this fine collection."
–Marilyn L. Taylor, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2009–10)