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This book was my first introduction to Rick Mulkey's work, and what an introduction it is. The initial epigraph from Roethke truly sets the tone. "Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire." What follows is a host of poems exploring what we want, what we wish we had, and what we will miss even during a full life. The poems are beautifully musical and admirably direct. They resonate with a passion for knowing. They cut with the sharp blade of yearning. Mulkey uses Appalachian culture and ...more