Accompany Ellen Bass, Tom Jenks, Becky Hagenston, Tony Hoagland and others as they wrestle with the vulnerability of contemporary life, navigating party allegiance and confronting the contrast between hope and hopelessness. Grapple with gun violence, child abduction, and the employment of high school boys in slaughterhouses. Witness the extinction of Galápagos turtles and visit Florida, São Paulo, Lopez Island, and eastern Turkey. Attend goodbyes, embrace calamity, and accept the discomfort of seeing a loved one for the last time. Read narratives cultivated from the world around all of us.