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In his 12th collection, Major delves into his life as a painter to compose poems about art. But that is not the only subject covered here-Major also examines our feelings about race and love, counterpointed by lighter subjects such as cell phones and keys. The strongest poem, "Black or White," appears to be a true story about a girl's discovery of her identity: "She was eighteen and white/when she found out about her black relatives." In everyday language, Major questions how and why we classify people racially; he also delves into the mysteries of family. The art poems are where Major's love of color and texture becomes apparent: "Hush of underbrush/where ducks suddenly shoot up" and "Yellow oil shimmers/on ocean's hypnotic surface." One drawback of many of these poems are the endings. Some conclude with a cliché, as in "The Rifle": "For her that was the beginning of the end." Or they just sputter to a conclusion, as in "Morningside": "I go into the kitchen/and start the coffee." Recommended for larger collections.