Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-01
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
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Listening Against the Stonebrings together selections spanning the breadth of the work of Brenda Miller, including six essays that have won the Pushcart Prize. These deeply personal essays paint a picture of how her sense of spirituality has evolved and shifted through the years: always rooted in a strong desire for connection. Together, they tell the story of a single woman her way, stumbling but always seeking out touchstones--a dog, a friend, a painting, a tree--to help her gain her true bearings.

Author Biography

Brenda Miller is the author of Season of the Body and co-author of Tell It Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. She is a professor, of English at Western Washington, University and serves as editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review. Miller lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her dog Abbe and cat Madrona, both of whom are acting as muses for her next book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Incantationsp. 3
Basha Leahp. 17
Next Year in Jerusalemp. 37
A Different Personp. 52
I Need a Miraclep. 64
Blessing of the Animalsp. 69
A Thousand Buddhas
A Dharma Namep. 89
Music of the Spheresp. 93
How to Meditatep. 100
A Thousand Buddhasp. 112
Twelve Ways of Looking at Patiencep. 123
Infant Wardp. 138
Raging Watersp. 147
Dirty Windowsp. 154
The Burden of Bearing Fruitp. 157
At The Edge of the World
Hungersp. 175
Our Daily Toastp. 188
Enticementp. 193
The 23rd Adagiop. 199
Secret Machinep. 204
Opalescentp. 211
The Dog at the Edge of the Worldp. 226
Bodyguardp. 232
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