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is of a sort of embossed shining. It’s a finished text composed necessarily – ethically and linguistically – of sewn fragments that should not appear seamless but that do, because they are.

It is as if the poet has been moving through experience to the place of language in this book, from the mesh of rigorous lyric and sharp experimentation (exemplified in two very different Russian poets he has translated, Arseny Tarkovsky and Lev Rubinstein) to a confrontation of banal evil. It is a very fine book, one that pushes us to an understanding of our own politics.

The publisher, as well as the poet, should be thanked for giving it to us, and the designer for setting the text to be this explicit of the collusion of the political in the lyric.

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