Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of IMAGE

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Since its founding in 1989, Image journal has not only emerged as one of North America's leading quarterlies but also carved out a unique identity as the source for contemporary art and literature that grapple with the perennial questions of religious faith.

Bearing the Mystery brings together in one handsome volume the best of Image journal's first twenty years — the work of nearly seventy writers and over twenty visual artists (some ...

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Overview

Since its founding in 1989, Image journal has not only emerged as one of North America's leading quarterlies but also carved out a unique identity as the source for contemporary art and literature that grapple with the perennial questions of religious faith.

Bearing the Mystery brings together in one handsome volume the best of Image journal's first twenty years — the work of nearly seventy writers and over twenty visual artists (some represented on sixteen color plates).

Here you will find short stories that range from unnerving encounters with the miraculous to gritty realism; lyric poems that reinterpret the Psalms and plumb the depths of doubt and faith; searingly honest memoirs that search out glimpses of grace among the difficulties and joys of everyday life.

Among the all-star cast of writers whose work appears here: Scott Cairns, Annie Dillard, Clyde Edgerton, Patricia Hampl, Ron Hansen, Edward Hirsch, Linda Hogan, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Marilyn Nelson, Kathleen Norris, Gregory Orr, Ann Patchett, David Plante, Richard Rodrieguez, Wim Wenders, Christian Wiman, and Franz Wright.

With a special introduction by founder and editor Gregory Wolfe that reflects on the journal's mission, Bearing the Mystery is indeed a treasure trove. Provocative, haunting, and bracing, the work gathered here demonstrates that — even in a postmodern era — the ancient practice of making art to record humanity's encounter with the divine is alive and well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802864642
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/29/2009
  • Edition description: 20th Anniversary
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Somthing Understood Gregory Wolfe x

The Canonical Hours Dick Allen 1

Parable Dan Bellm 5

How to Pray: Reverence, Stories, and the Rebbe's Dream Ben Birnbaum 6

Adventures in New Testament Greek: Metanoia Scott Cairns 22

Woman Scribe Richard Chess 23

Dog Michael Chitwood 25

Sister Mary Appassionata, Loving the Self David Citino 26

Darkroom Robert Clark 28

Parable of the Moth Robert Cording 51

Finding the World's Fullness Robert Cording 52

Discovery Deborah Joy Corey 60

Anthony in the Desert Alfred Corn 72

Scar Kate Daniels 73

The Eye Madeline DeFrees 74

Host Rubén Degollado 75

How to Live Annie Dillard 93

Debra's Flap and Snap Clyde Edgerton 97

Frieda Pushnik B.H. Fairchild 108

Fallen Towers and the Art of Tea Makoto Fujimura 111

Poetry Is the Spirit of the Dead, Watching Margaret Gibson 120

The Man Who Said Yellow Diane Glancy 127

A Week in the Word Patricia Hampl 136

Writing as Sacrament Ron Hansen 147

Walking My Baby Back Home Jeannie Hathaway 154

A Musician's Diary Mark Heard 155

The Ballad of Rappy Valcour Ingrid Hill 170

Simone Weil: Lecture on Love Edward Hirsch 189

The Hidden Linda Hogan 191

Wave John Holman 192

Botticelli: The Lamentation over the Dead Christ Andrew Hudgins 202

Psalm: First Forgive the Silence Mark Jarman 203

The Face Richard Jones 204

My Holocaust Rodger Kamenetz 205

Across from Jay's Book Stall in Pittsburgh Julia Spicher Kasdorf 209

The Host in My Dentures Sydney Lea 210

Dom Helder Camara at the Nuclear Test Site Denise Levertov 212

When the Shift Was Over Philip Levine 213

There Was a Boy Once Paul Mariani 214

The History of the MiracleErin McGraw 216

Loud Lake Mary Kenagy Mitchell 231

Signs and Wonders A.G. Mojtabai 245

Corniche Les Murray 252

The Contemplative Life Marilyn Nelson 254

La Vierge Romane Kathleen Norris 256

The Tower Gina Ochsner 258

How Beautiful the Beloved Gregory Orr 271

The Education of the Poet Eric Pankey 276

The Language of Faith Ann Patchett 277

Returning to Providence David Plante 289

Atheism Is Wasted on the Nonbeliever Richard Rodriguez 300

Born, Again and Again Pattiann Rogers 303

Alone Together in Church Nicholas Samaras 306

A Freak of Nature Valerie Sayers 308

Anger Sandra Scofield 320

As If There Were Only One Martha Serpas 325

Making a Path: Tuolumne Meadows Luci Shaw 327

Carrying the Father Robert Siegel 329

The Liberating Visions (and Futile Flight) of Melanie Little Crow M. Rae Thon 335

Our Loves Quit the Places We Bury Them, and Ascend John Terpstra 345

The Afterlife Daniel Tobin 347

Invisibility G.C. Waldrep 348

Saving Images Jeanne Murray Walker 350

Interrogation Wim Wenders 361

Ack Joy Williams 364

God's Truth Is Life Christian Wiman 375

Dylan to CNN Larry Woiwode 382

Name Tony Woodlief 390

Language as Sacrament in the New Testament Franz Wright 404

Contributors 414

Acknowledgments 426

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