The poems in this collection emulate Roget through not only direct quotes but what feels, from Bierd, a personal connection with the man. Ponderous and curious, the poems bring to mind images of their creator hunching in the dark, writing by candlelight, brow furrowed lightly.
The sloping language and careful attention to meter, spacing, line breaks, stanza breaks, and pacing create a mood calm and intense all at once.
The poems are sectioned into four sections, each beginning with a poem called Roget's Illusion, followed by its respective number in the series.
The collection is concerned with what lies beneath the surface of words, of ideas, and how we make meaning from both, using one to inform the other and vice versa.