The title poem of Charles Bennett's new collection, his first since the highly-acclaimed Wintergreen is full of sensual magic and supple music. It is charged with power and grace, yet lightened by a wry sense of humor. It is lithe and strongly flowing as water itself, and gives a pure pulse of clarity and drive that runs like an undercurrent through the whole collection. Beguilingly simple and approachable, these poems speak with the fluid voice of water. Vivid explorations of water's depth, linked to the dark release of deep sleep, culminate in the collection's central sequence: when one of a pair of lovers falls asleep on a beach, the other muses on the seascape, on lives that flourish on the littoral and the nature of love itself.