Moira Egan is an American poet, translator, and teacher who lives in Rome. She has published eight collections of poetry (five in the US, three in Italy) and her poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies on four continents. During the first full lockdown in Italy, she entertained herself by playing solitaire Scrabble with a German Scrabble set that she remembers, maybe, having won as a German Club Prize in high school. Those self-same Scrabble bouts were the birth of the anagramme series, of which these poems are a part—now minus the Umlauts.