“All the poems in the first part of the collection deal with the facts presented here. The author combines the dramatic, and the all too real, headlines of the boat people with a biblical section. If a God exists who commands us to marvel at creation, there is also a God that man does not seek. On the open sea, this God is not invoked; there are no cries for help. Land is the antithesis of the sea. The collective chorus of prayers is empty, left on the dry land, far away, when they sing to the herds, when the women kindled the fire…”




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