Author of The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje, is also a poet of note. The Cinnamon Peeler (Vintage, $14, 0679779132) brings the best of his work over 27 years. The personal, family history, love, and different perceptions of reality are among the themes. He often surprises and raises penetrating questions as in "Rat Jelly" and "White Dwarfs." Overall, there is a lean narrative power that grips the reader.
Reviewed by Roger Bishop.