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Like Russian nesting dolls opening in sequence to reveal the next being within, the poems of Margot Farrington house worlds within worlds. Summoning the mythic while simultaneously eliciting the unexpected, these poems venture into other cultures and continents obliquely, evoking Persia, Africa, or Asia through a pomegranate crushed in a subway aisle, jazz musicians communing with Thoreau, or a stranger pausing in a bamboo garden. Tigers both wild and domestic (including those in human form), pierce and string together the collection, reminding us of our planetary legacy and the dilemmas we currently face. Here too, the reader finds meditations on love, on illness and recovery, and on addiction and obsession. The acts of writing and making art interject themselves, as does the flash of the exotic in what at first glance seemed familiar. Passionate, wide-ranging, engrossed with ideas of survival, Scanning for Tigers offers views from windows warped and prismatic.