This book is an in dit presentation of three different texts. One discussing a Finnish sawmill in the form of a prose poem which brings the reader into a world of Sanskrit etymologies and the legend of 'The Shining Ones'. Ather is a libretto for the Opera 'The Clavis Magna of Giorda Bru'. In search of a lost text by a great Renaissance magus, the libretto offers an investigation of memory theatres, alchemy, religion and magic in the Sixteenth century: juxtaposing them against a contemporary story which closes on the cusp of the new millennium and the 400th anniversary of Bru's burning. The third set of texts is a selection of poems, 'Running with Dogs', including 'Tangram' a seven-part work inspired by the Italian disaster at Seveso in 1976 and its aftermath. At the heart of the book is the idea that loss can be conceptualized t only in thaumaturgic terms but may also become a means of generating a redemptive alchemy of its own.