Buy this book. Like so many stars -- Raymond Carver, Jeffrey Eugenides, Robert Stone, Allan Gurganus, Justin Torres, Jesmyn Ward, Tobias Wolff, Stacey D'Erasmo, Vikram Seth, Ron Hansen, Scott Turow, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Harriet Doerr, Wendell Berry, Thom Gunn, and Andy Towle -- Mark Wunderlich was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Out this month, his third collection The Earth Avails was a pre-pub favorite on Thebes' queer lit poll. It comes ten years after his second, Voluntary Servitude, ("haunting, bold, memorable"--Mark Doty) and fifteen years after his Lammy-winning debut, The Anchorage. PW already selected The Earth Avails as a Book of the Week with a starred review saying, "Humility, practicality, self-chastisement and hope emerge, in unrhymed couplets, musical paragraphs, and stately free verse, through language at once restrained and humane... Wunderlich became known for warm, urbane poems, often of same-sex eros. Here he switches his stylistic allegiance to plainspokenness, to the speech of the hills and plains, striking a hard-to-match tone of gentle humility, expanding his poetic powers." Arthur Sze calls it, "terrific."