I have found this work more accessible than the Day Books published so far in that he explores ideas in a more discursive manner that gives thought, lyricism and discourse a strong and balanced role here. The poems work more in the manner of the moderns like Yeats and Eliot without the contorted twisting of syntax and line that comes after in Clavics and other published excerpts from the new work I've seen. I enjoyed the meditative, resonant quality of the concepts and imagery presented here.
I find that Mr. Hill has progressed from a highly formal, carefully structured verse form to a looser, more boldly imaginative vernacular which is highly reminiscent, to my mind, of the transition made in Robert Lowell's writing career with equivalent results. Both are major poets who have shaped the way verse can be written and daringly re-imagined themselves in mid-career.