For readers who know Diane Ackerman only through her recent best-selling book A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES or her luminous nature essays, this new collecction of verse will come as no surprise. Here is a dazzling assemblage of poems-vivid, heartfelt lyrics alive with the mysteries of life, love, and the natural world. Ranging from a backyard colloquy with a deer to an anxious hospital vigil, from the exploding abundance of the Amazon rain forest to the icy wastes of Antarctica, Dian Ackerman's poems are passionately felt and precisely observed. This volume of elegies, epiphanies, and ectasies, mingled with laughter and curiosity, ends with a selection from "Reverse Thunder," her powerful dramatic poem about a seventeenth-century Mexican nun and theInquisition. Whether celebrating the wonders of outer space of evoking the intimate contours of a relationship or a dream, 'JAGUAR OF SWEET LAUGHTER' resounds with the consummate artistry of a master poet.