This book of poetry was designed well. For one, I really enjoyed a set of four poems called “Series” which were interspersed throughout the book. They serve as as
overarching structure, harkening to the division of time and to the cyclical nature of our Western work weeks. Secondly, this book was designed to draw people out of their atomized selves. By incorporating allusions to Egyptian protests, Joseph Conrad, Schubert, D’Haussonville, and the Occupy Movement among others, O’Brien asks the reader to consider themselves within a larger web of relations. Thinking within a product experience framework, this experience provokes strong emotional responses and helps readers attribute new meaning to mundane routines.