duty is the title of duty. there are various duties approached - fulfilled - here. there is the duty of writing about what you see / hear / know to be true. the duty to language - to respect it - by not using it complacently (& thereby being used by it). the duty - the tax - on us as human beings - on mckenzie as a writer, a poet, a western citizen & the implications & responsibilities that brings up - a tax on the gift of poetry - a tax on the priveleged - a tax on the war mongers .. (a tax enacted by mckenzie as well as paid). duty as anachronism. duty (the book) as an elegy to duty (the concept, the ethical practice) - or blueprint for a future duty.