Read this sequence through from page one, or start at any point and let its circles widen, or perhaps go to the lovely, light-syllabled final lyric and discover interesting ways back. The poems themselves breach back and forth to form a questing autobiography of precipitate adulthood. They breathe into this, for perspective, the author's fascination with some of the world's outer and inner mazes: art, media, brain dysfunction, political dysfunction, Russia. Each chapter includes Paul Magee's translation from one of the Latin poets. The book's symmetries and its title portend arcane numerology. But they do make a point about necessity. The poems well up from roots; they are caught and crafted, as anyone will kw who speaks them. Cube Root of Book was shortlisted for the Invation Award at the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.