Paino excavates what meaning we create behind our acts of living, what haunts us at the furthest edges of all we carry . . . Indeed, there is an utter darkness throughout the whole of <i>Obscura,</i> in coming to grips with mortality.

One Less River

One Less River [is] a collection that rewards us over and again for joining its author in not turning away from the difficult truths we face in a world that goes on worlding even when we fail to heed the better angels of our nature.