"Brahic is at her strongest in 'Ancient History'. This contemplation of the ephemeral nature of time avoids all manner of clichés, as she mixes the death of her father with a study of war casualties across the centures, and the creation of jam:
How solid the world of the Athenians--I think--
watching fruit bubble
in the hand-me-down preserving kettle--
you'd think this had all happened yesterday."