"Collected here are poems from Ai's previous five books - Cruelty, Killing Floor, Sin, Fate, and Greed - along with seventeen new poems. Employing her trademark force, these new dramatic monologues continue to mine this award-winning poet's fierce vision. In Ai's world, desire has no boundaries. Known as the foremost poet of urban terror, part African American, Asian American, and Native American, Ai takes the reader on a journey into the heart, torn from the bared chests of the living and sacrificed to the ravenous dead."--BOOK JACKET.