These poems of religiously shaped place and passion follow three offices of the church, leading toward a world blessed by reason. The voice is that of an Everyman fallen from grace who has the boldness to trust in the possibility of belief. Single poems and sequences, metered and free verse, make up this collection, in which the Psalms have taken flesh with the passion that King David knew and the grace that the Catholic mystics attest to.
John F. Deane is the founder of Poetry Ireland, the National Poetry Society, and its journal "The Poetry Ireland Review." He is the general secretary of the European Academy of Poets and the author of "Toccata and Fugue: New and Selected Poems."