Set primarily in Mexico and the American Northwest, yet equally at home with Achilleus on the Trojan plains or with Walt Whitman in his New Jersey home, these fifteen essays pass back and forth across international boundaries as easily as they cross the more fluid lines separating past and present. Part biography, part history, Augury is also something of a writer's journal, a guide to Garrison's imaginative journeys.
These often profound essays . . . transform a physical landscape into a mindscape of odd discoveries, haunting juxtapositions, and shifting perceptual boundaries. . . . Garrison is in perfect control of his medium.
At its best, as it is here, [the essay] is a kind of ruminative thinking on the page or writing as the reader watches, something akin to Georges Simenon's feat of writing a novel in a Paris bookstore window.