Darrell Epp's "Imaginary Maps" is an interesting journey off the beaten poetic path. The works are tight, economical, and are filled with the acute and recurrent visions and insights that only a life of the mind can afford... Mr. Epp is far too familiar with those little curiosities and quirks that inhabit and animate the recesses of our psychological makeup; the ones that provide us with the reason why we, say, choose to write an impassioned love-letter never to be sent, rather than drive 700 miles and show the object of your affection that you are not only serious about your feelings, you are also a little off your rocker, but in a good way. And it is these types of human frailty that only someone as introspective and observant as Mr. Epp can turn into meaningful, thought provoking, and moving works of art. "The Absence," "Patience," "Mea Culpa," Morning Miracle," and "Raymond Chandler" are all fine examples of Mr. Epp's ability to say on the surface something simply and plainly, and yet the interplay between the words and the voice(s) are rich, complex, and portray a mind truly alive and in communion with both himself and his surroundings. All said, Mr. Epp has given us a solid foundation for future points of departure; and we look forward to seeing when and where he shall take us next.