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"Yet everything/connects. Sometimes, you know, the poem can-/not stop: from day to day, a gift in fragments." Noted poet and anthropologist Tarn (Avia) examines the effects of cultural greed and folly upon the earth and its inhabitants, whether it's the destruction of the rain forest, the ruin of a river, or a war's devastation of culture and its antiquities. At their crux, these reflections confront the whole and its segments: "Because you cannot only pursue the whole,/...the whole being meaningless without the part/and the part must be as carefully examined." Tarn examines both part and whole with language that is dense, careful, and conversational, often weighty and sometimes witty. Ample use of parenthetical, bracketed statements, perhaps used for emphasis, contributes to the musical quality of his lines. Long, ambling stanzas often reflect the content of the poem. Sadly and perhaps ironically, he says, "[t]he whole world is the menace now, we see the enemy/at every gatepost: our law alone is/liberation." Highly recommended for contemporary poetry collections.