The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “This beautiful work will matter long after Chechnya has disappeared from our headlines… In his sure hand, the whole of it comes completely to life…The sense of connectedness is as meaningful as the particulars of it. Over and over again, this is an examination of the ways in which many broken pieces come together to make a new whole. In exquisite imagery, Marra tends carefully to the twisted strands of grace and tragedy. Everything in A Constellation of Vital Phenomena….is dignified with a hoping, aching heartbeat.”