McLoughlin's fourth collection orbits around four poetic loci. Each of the sections exhibits a primary thematic focus; however threads of all the major themes cross into the other sections to create a rich weave of inter-juxtapositions. All of McLoughlin's concerns are represented: cultural and linguistic decay, eco-poetics, the modern rural, and the tension between oral and written traditions. He experiments with the short lyric to explore the dislocations and dissonances between his themes, and between the aural and oral qualities of verse and its various written manifestations. He tackles traditional forms, free verse, and fractured and exploded forms. The poems collude and collide to form a collection that foregrounds language in all its dissonant and disjointed richness. The work transmits a linguistic and semiotic energy and demands that the receiver take note.