From the introduction:
"I performed the character of D.L.D. while writing. Like and actor using Stanislavski's Magic If, I inhabited the mind of the character and played out the scenes, drawing upon my own sense memories --but I have slavishly followed the script, which is a sequence of scene built with the artifacts of D.L.D.'s life. [...] I have done my best to understand and respect her attitudes when they have differed fundamentally from my own. While I can't guarantee historical accuracy in every detail, I am confident that these poems are nonetheless true."
This collection is an imaginative autobiography of one of America's forgotten reformers. The collection formed the creative component of Powell's PhD in Creative Writing.