Truth Confessions contains seventeen poems written about different points in Merwin’s life. His work gives you a powerful glimpse into his inner turmoil and past traumas. Through poems written in free verse, Merwin confronts a number of issues that followed him throughout his childhood and adolescence. He includes poems centered on parental abandonment, internalized homophobia, and debilitating depression. Merwin discusses the coping mechanisms, both healthy and harmful, that he used to work through these issues.
Through these themes of identity, empathy, and optimism, Merwin’s work reflects a journey still unfolding.