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The thematic motif found within these poems is one of "knowing," the desire to know the mystery of love of different types and on different levels—touching earth and pushing off, flesh and spirit, the life of the senses complementing the spiritual, the dream life of the imagination, desire for the word that speaks light from darkness, the ethereal within the mundane. This "knowing" is contained by our daily living, the sensuous world with which we interact, mostly unaware of its spiritual dimension. The book’s four-section poem sequence is one of immersion into the paradoxical life, the life we come to know and spend a lifetime comprehending its inexplicable beauty. The poems examine our lives of displacement from family, love, ourselves; displacement, however, does not necessarily mean despair. We may discover that our mundane lives transpire in an austere and holy place peopled with angels unaware, and that faith can exist in a place of stone, absolution is available daily, and redemption is found in strange places we never knew.

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