In this stunning new collection, DeWitt Henry reckons with a past that is personal, familial, and cultural as well as the present dysfunction of American political life. His narratives and portraits are drawn and colored by candid and resonant observations. “Are scars proof of wounds / or of healing?” So asks DeWitt Henry’s splendid book of poems. Profound and often profoundly, wryly funny, Trim Reckonings asks questions poems don’t seem to have asked before, and leaves the reader in wonder. These are hard-won, earned, poems of passionate engagement.