This book is well worth the read and re-read that the amazingly layered poetry/prose inspires. Dark Optimism also has short shorts - "flash fiction", which the author is a master of. You will enjoy this book even more the second time through. The small bits it is composed of hang like jewels of dew on a spider web and intice you to laugh and cry and awake in recognition of the spiritual in the mundane. The only similiar book I have read in the past 20 years that reaches this level of excellence is translated from the Japanese and called Palm of the Hand Stories. Dark Optimism is equally compelling.