“Sometimes fierce as ‘a burning array of fuses,’ at others tender as the image of two slugs’ making love in mid-air, these poems collude close observation of both nature and middle-America with a dark and poignant sensibility that recognizes its own endangered animal nature. Florek’s carefully honed narrative-lyrics are both sympathetic in view while being surgically candid about the characters and situations the speaker finds himself in confluence with. These are beautiful and well-wrought poems that remind one of Larry Levis’: brutal, reflective, light filled, but as light is seen from the abyss. –Laura McCullough author of Rigger Death & Hoist Another, and Editor, The Room and the World: Essays in Stephen Dunn

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