“The blade of grass, the record store: necessary inclusions to the Arcadias of these poems (though the grass may be engineered by Monsanto, though the record store may be an MP3-blog or the CD rack at WalMart). Postmodern pastoral retains certain allegiances to the lyric and to individual subjectivity while insisting on the reality of a world whose objects are all equally natural, and therefore equally unnatural. Because this is an anthology of poems, its primary orientation, its allegiance, must be to the aesthetic, to the movements of language and the imagination. Yet as the ecocritic Kate Soper has remarked, ‘it is not language that has a hole in its ozone layer’; imagining ‘the good life,’ or its betrayal, has a clear relation to the actual suffering world. Postmodern pastoral offers a means of mapping the shifting terrain of that world while maintaining its ethical consciousness that the map must never be mistaken for the territory.”