- Compare our introduction to the city of Dorothea--the opening lines--to that of the first two cities.
- Similarly, is there a negative aftertaste here as previously?
- Clearly Dorothea is a desirable city. Is there a thematic issue of memory to go with it, as the Cities of Memory had both memory and desire, though the latter left untitled, and if so, how/where?
- Invisible Cities appears to deal with some big philosophy: cities, desire, memory, time, deity.... Another shows up here: paths. These are similar issues, though in even smaller literary contexts, as those treated by Jorge Luis Borges. What's the draw for the author? What's the draw for the reader?
- So the two ways of describing Dorothea: the one is to describe it physically--its architecture and its citizens and their activity; the second is what? (Notice, by the way, that this second "way" begins much more like the first two cities.) Apparently connected to the definition of this "way," what has happened to Dorothea in the years since the camel driver's initial visit in his "first youth"?
There is always room to comment on something that I don't mention in the questions. Where poetry is concerned, any single mind--or mine at least--will always miss something.