The first poem is about the benefits of fear; the second poem is about the trouble with fear.
“Marrying the Bear” is a retelling of a beautiful Nez Perce story about a man who marries a pretty girl who turns out to be (yes) a bear, an arrangement that turns out to be more dangerous for the bear. You get where I’m going with this.
“Women’s Studies” is a very short history of womankind + an acknowledgement that different generations of women misunderstand each other.
These poems appeared in The Offending Adam, and they are about the foolishness of the heart, the hope and strangeness of prayer, and the foolishness of the heart, respectively.
“After” images what happens to our physical bodies (and minds) after death.
“Detailed” is an argument against someone who claims that a concept like love cannot be defined. Everything can be defined eventually, this poem says.