I read this cover to cover this morning. There is much to love in this book. The longer pieces have a wonderful momentum impossible to convey in an excerpt. I enjoyed the voice and sense of humor in these pieces and how the shorter meditations on living in the desert were interspersed throughout the collection. ". . . Alive is a place. Alive is the new word for home." "When a man takes out the wordshe has hidden in his heart for over fifty yearsand gives them to another-- that is called a miracle."After the Dying"Sometimes I think my tongue is a desert praying for rain."Meditation on Living in the Desert No. 17Longer pieces that stood out to me: Confessions: My Father, Hummingbirds, and Frantz FanonPrayer in the GardenAfter the DyingSin música no hay vida.