Poetry. "Aphoristic, enigmatic, and startling Stefanie Marlis' newest collection evinces her gift for pressing absence into presence. Part elegy for her father, and the brisance of his twentieth century, part cautionary tale for this one, mediated by Southwestern clouds, mesquite, dung beetles. Once more Marlis converts an intimate history into a distinctive, austere expression"--C.D. Wright. Be sure to check out Marlis' other books, including SHEET OF GLASS and FINE, both available from SPD.