Poetry. The poems in MODERN LOVE & OTHER MYTHS explore, as Elizabeth Bishop phrased it, "efforts of affection" in our contemporary world. Sutphen's appraisals--both personal and general--resonate deeply with all who have mapped the story land between "hello" and "goodbye." The title invites us to examine what we mean by myth, and whether, in fact, love can ever be regarded as modern. Wise and inquisitive, the poems in this collection travel across continents as easily as into the heart.