|"[This book has] a particularity of
detail and exactness of context that little contemporary poetry can match.[…]
These are in no simple sense historical poems, if one means by that poems
designed to explore and reveal some time-bound historical context; instead,
the characters and situations in the book range freely between times and
places in an unashamedly anachronistic way. Thayler's book concerns the
interrelatedness of various histories to each other and to his own history
as a man and a poet, and the world of the past resonates both violently
and intriguingly in the present. History here has been refigured into myth,
into an epic story of what has mattered and why, while at the same time
real histories retain remarkable specificity."
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This review appears also appears in the Spring 2000 issue of "Rain Taxi"