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The poems in Joshua Coben's second book seek to fathom the various selves, lived and imagined, that inhabit us. Many such selves appear here, whose title evokes both those who run toward ruin and those who try to keep it at bay. Wherever they go-men's room or bedroom, oceanside or underworld, a city park where love first bloomed or a village hospital ravaged by an epidemic-they find in language a balm for lives of incessant longing and perpetual flight.