Carolyn Tipton?s third book, The Poet of Poet Laval, begins by celebrating openings, moments that give an abundant sense of possibility. The poems sometimes return here, but also move through other themes?by way not of sections, but of transitional poems?to death and the Spanish Civil War, to art and different perspectives on creating. The poems then shift their attention to love?its dazzlement, its despair. The book ends with a series of poems about our very reciprocal relationship with the natural world, noting especially the ways in which it speaks to us?the green flash! Sometimes, the poems register dissolution and loss. Yet they also attend to compensations, saving graces, and window-moments that can change our perception, or simply delight us with the surprise of a small revelation.