The Best Spiritual Writing 2011

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Every year, The Best Spiritual Writing brings together the year's finest essays and poetry, writing that will nourish the soul and stimulate the mind.

This year's volume features a wide range of thought-provoking, inspiring literature from publications as diverse as The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Shambhala Sun, and The Christian Century. Here are unforgettable pieces from Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, two-term poet laureate Billy Collins, Robert D. Kaplan of The ...

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Overview

Every year, The Best Spiritual Writing brings together the year's finest essays and poetry, writing that will nourish the soul and stimulate the mind.

This year's volume features a wide range of thought-provoking, inspiring literature from publications as diverse as The New Yorker, The American Scholar, Shambhala Sun, and The Christian Century. Here are unforgettable pieces from Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, two-term poet laureate Billy Collins, Robert D. Kaplan of The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout, bestselling author and editor-at-large for Christianity Today Philip Yancey, and many others. Taken together, this exceptional collection vividly captures the beauty and diversity of spiritual writing today.

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Zaleski, editor of the now long-running series of best essays and poetry in spirituality, has repeated his annual miracle, uniting another year's worth of various and thought-provoking pieces. The 2011 edition includes work by Robert D. Kaplan, Terry Teachout, Philip Yancey, Marilyn Nelson, and Rick Bass, as well as poetry by Billy Collins, Nancy Willard, Richard Wilbur, Philip Schultz, and C.K. Williams. VERDICT Essential for individuals who have read earlier volumes, and an excellent place to start for those who have not.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143118671
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,529,914
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Zaleski is the editor of the Best Spiritual Writing series. His many books include, Prayer: A History (with Carol Zaleski) and a revised edition of The Recollected Heart.

Billy Collins served two terms as the poet laureate of the United States from 2001-2003. He recently edited the book of poems, Bright Wings.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Philip Zaleski ix

Introduction Billy Collins xv

Starting Out from Ted Hughes's Letters from The Georgia Review Coleman Barks 1

The Return from Orion Rick Bass 5

Words of Nectar and Cyanide from First Things Joseph Bottum 10

Words Are Not Enough from Portland Alice Lok Cahana 23

A Mindful Beauty from The American Scholar Joel E. Cohen 30

Grave from The Atlantic Billy Collins 43

Czeslaw Milosz's Glasses from The Southern Review Robert Cording 45

Turning Points from The Christian Century Paul J. Griffiths 49

Sesshin with Sasaki Roshi from Shambhala Sun Michael Haederle 59

Barley and Yaks from Orion Edward Hoagland 70

Taking the Veil from Portland Nancy Honicker 85

Buddha's Savage Peace from The Atlantic Robert D. Kaplan 89

Let My People Go to the Buffet from Commentary Jesse Kellerman 100

Who Am I, Lord, That You Should Know My Name? from Portland Bruce Lawrie 113

1934 from The New Yorker Philip, Levine 116

An Intimate Geography from The American Scholar Barry Lopez 119

Sisters & Daughters from First Things Robert Miola 130

We and You-Let Us Meet in God's Love from Sophia Seyyed Hossein Nasr 137

The Contemplative Life from Image Marilyn Nelson 152

Pigs (see Swine) from The Hudson Review Melissa Range 155

Bleecker Street from The New Yorker Philip Schultz 157

Scordatura: Upon Listening to Biber's Rosary Sonatas from Image Anita Sullivan 159

Believing in Flannery O'Connor from Commentary Terry Teachout 166

Trismegistus from The New Yorker Richard Wilbur 175

Christianity Face to Face with Islam from First Things Robert Louis Wilken 177

Ian's Angels from Image Nancy Willard 197

The Foundation from The New Yorker C. K. Williams 199

My Bright Abyss from The American Scholar Christian Wiman 201

The Shul at Loon Lake from Commentary Ruth R. Wisse 210

What Art Can and Can't Do from First Things Philip Yancey 221

Contributors' Notes 235

Other Notable Spiritual Writing of the Year 240

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    very contemporary and highly recommended for all readers

    This is some of the best writing one might have the joy to read, and - yes - these short essays and poems are about matters pertaining to spirit - your spirit, the spirit of local and global contemporary culture and religion, the spirit of the times, and the divine spirit. When words are called forth to fathom the depths of understanding of the human experience - where it might relate to what we consider the divine - the language in the hands of these experts glows with a passion and precision that is awesome! This is some of the most fascinating material you will encounter to surprise the heart and mind. Good things here to learn - highly recommended.

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