Poetry. The lyrical poems in LOVE IN THE END depict a pilgrim woman as she follows the mother who has died and left her with only questions and the random winds of death and suffering. She climbs uphill, downhill, up again on her own way out of the world, finding other travelers, both strangers and family, and so much love in the 'long history of work.' Her journey continues until she no longer seeks to possess those she loves, and a 'spirit comes/a boat flaming on the river.' Her love transformed, she finds presence in absence: 'Those not here are here.'