Professor of literature, scholar, teacher of poets and poetry, convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church, man of prayer, Donald Sheehan wrote these wide-ranging essays with a common commitment to understanding the ways in which the ruining oppositions of our experience can be held within the disciplines of lyric art‰ÛÓheld ‰ÛÏuntil God Himself can be seen in the ruins . . . and overwhelmingly and gratefully loved.‰ That is what Sheehan means by ‰ÛÏthe grace of incorruption.‰åÊPart One weaves together themes from Sheehan‰۪s life and pilgrimages; the spiritual art of Orthodox Saints Gregory of Nyssa, Isaac and Ephraim of Syria, Sergius of Radonezh, Herman of Alaska; the literary art of Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Frost, Salinger, and contemporary poets Jane Kenyon, Sydney Lea, and Nicholas Samaras; the philosophy of Ren̩ Girard‰ÛÓexamining the nature of penitence, prayer, personhood, freedom, depression, and the right relationship to the earth. Part Two delves into the poetics of Psalms, especially LXX 118: a ‰ÛÏpoetics of resurrection,‰ a poetics that came to govern the lifework of an extraordinary man, blessed with faith, learning, and humility.