'My Cap of Darkness' traces a narrative arc through the wide ranging experiences and perceptions of a mature narrator. The book opens and closes with two bookend poems that are contemplative statements gleaned from the poet's seeking his place, not only in his own life, but in the broader world including social, natural, and artistic spheres. The poems in 'My Cap of Darkness' reflect a journey through grief and loss, through a growing awareness and finally into a quiet celebration of the renewal of possibility and love. Major themes include love, mortality, observations of what's beautiful, and ecological concerns. 'My Cap of Darkness' owes a debt to classical mythology. The myth of Perseus provides the title and one of the controlling metaphors for this text: the hero who survives and persists through the deliberate act of becoming an invisible observer and actor. Though the world cannot see him, he continues to act as he must and continues to be who he truly is.