Poetry. MEDIEVAL, the latest of Steven Farmer's five books, is his finest. The title poem is the curiously beautiful engine under the hood. Every note is tender and deviant, each fragment riveted to the next, in a score of participant fear -- mysteriously pastoral in its leaking mix of diction-landscape. This extraordinary poet presents unique dissections of the social with a lift (and laugh) to the gallows, addresses his understanders with words for loss and eyes our strobbing hearts -- Melanie Neilson. The balance and turns in these poems makes me dizzy with envy -- Ron Stillman. Steven Farmer has been writing in the California circuit for at least seventeen years. His chapbooks CORACLE and WORLD OF SHIELDS are also available from SPD.