This is the fourth collection of poetry published by Mary Karr, who also authored The Liars’ Club, her best-selling memoir. Formerly an “undiluted agnostic,” she converted to Catholicism in 1996. In an afterword Karr says that what drew her to the Catholic faith is its carnality. “There is a body on the cross in my church.” In a poem titled “Disgraceland,” she confesses: “You are loved, someone said. / Take that and eat it.” Spread throughout this collection is a cycle of poems about Christ that were inspired by Ignatian prayer exercises.