John F. Deane is the founder of Poetry Ireland and The Poetry Ireland Review. He is the author of Eye of the Hare, Fugue: New and Selected Poems, and Toccata and the recipient of the OShaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry. In 1996, he was elected Secretary General of the European Academy of Poetry.
Featuring the best poems of one of Irelands most popular modern poets, this new work explores John F. Deanes perennial themes of loveboth religious and human. The title sequence traces the development of a Christian life, beginning with expectation and birth and proceeding through youth, experience, death, and rebirth. Each of the collection's 12 poems presents a movement of the spirit, from the authors childhood in the west of Ireland, through the death of a wife, to the birth of a grandchild in Holland. Arranged in the manner of an orchestral symphony, each section focuses on a different piece of music, from Beethovens Ninth Symphony to Mozart's Laudate Dominum
. The new poems are accompanied by pieces from Deanes earlier work, selected and edited by Irish poetry scholar, Thomas Dillon Redshaw.