This three part work showcases Malloy’s finely honed craft as a poet, storyteller, and creator of hypertexts. Each part of the poem is divided into one, two, three, or ten frames each with a different background and text color, and each refreshing on different time intervals. This creates a multiple reading paths for readers to either attempt to read each frame in isolation, or to go back and forth from different frames, perhaps replicating the experience of painting a landscape while thinking about something else.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range and its nature are central to this poem, which contains history, literature, art history, and characters who meet and form lasting or fleeting relationships. People from all over the world come together in these mountains, leaving traces of their path in paintings, music, writing, and family, but also encountering those who are attracted to that natural setting.
I suggest you get a feel for each part of the poem, shifting strategies as needed to best appreciate the visual layout for each section, but eventually focusing your attention on a storyline, and another, and another.