"I think that line about the peaceable life of rabbits might be the one faded button on the rotting garment that is romanticism in that opening sequence from Remembering Animals. Romanticism quickly morphs into expressionism. Several lines into that poem a commando instructor disembowels a rabbit and flings the organs onto the students in a classic desensitizing exercise used by marines in training during the Vietnam War--thus the title: Rabbit Lesson..."
So there's that. But also, besides these generous lengthy selections, Rich writes amazing editorials, a detail of the Modernist "little magazine" sorely missing in the current glut of dime-a-dozen "author showcases." The compiler can't write an editorial, because the complier is missing the very frame that allows editorializing at all. Check out what Rich does with frames here (click to enlarge):