If mercy were a person, how would she keep up

with the demands of a world that needs so much

of her attention? In this series of poems, we find

Mercy trying her best to be merciful. More often

than not, she ends up overwrought, a little dark,

sometimes cheeky, even selfish and vain at

times. Between a Prologue and Epilogue, the

book follows the natural arc of the 13 attributes

of mercy, a biblical formula for compassion and

forgiveness. Each poem explores one attribute

of mercy—from the first, being merciful before

a person does anything wrong, to the last,

washing away sins through pardon.