Iconography: A Writer's Meditation [NOOK Book]

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When Susan Neville enrolls in an icon-painting class in the cellar of an Indianapolis monastery, she begins a journey into an interesting hidden world where saints are fabricated of mineral and wood, yolk and blood, earth and time. The process is tedious, and she begins to make mistakes, to become impatient; she doesn't feel ready for the challenge. To prepare herself, Neville makes a vow to write during the forty days of Lent. What emerges is a journal, a meditation, a series of confessions that we are invited ...
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Iconography: A Writer's Meditation

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Overview

When Susan Neville enrolls in an icon-painting class in the cellar of an Indianapolis monastery, she begins a journey into an interesting hidden world where saints are fabricated of mineral and wood, yolk and blood, earth and time. The process is tedious, and she begins to make mistakes, to become impatient; she doesn't feel ready for the challenge. To prepare herself, Neville makes a vow to write during the forty days of Lent. What emerges is a journal, a meditation, a series of confessions that we are invited to listen to as we follow Neville's sometimes painful attempts to reveal the truth and discover the mystery of her existence. In the layering of colors and moods, her writing is the spiritual equivalent of an icon. As she observes the world around her and applies the paint of language to her observations, she realizes that spirit and matter are not separate -- that now and then moments of meaning emerge from daily life, and the stillness and majesty of the universe shine through.
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"In this thoughtful, often lovely book, Neville's honesty is both moving and bracing." —Ruminator Review

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"In this thoughtful, often lovely book, Neville's honesty is both moving and bracing." —Ruminator Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253110725
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,236,334
  • File size: 390 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Neville is the author of five collections of creative nonfiction and fiction, including Fabrication; Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and Indiana Winter (IUP, 1994). She teaches creative writing at Butler University and is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
St. Mary of Ennui 1
Bk. 1 Transfiguration 23
Ash Wednesday, 2000 25
Buying Time 27
A Vow 30
A False Spring 34
Confession 41
I Am 43
Housekeeping 47
A Well-Lighted Place 49
Vocation 53
Inside This Skin 61
In Memoriam 69
St. Augustine 79
Marriage 87
Plague Sunday 93
Monday 96
Those Things I Didn't Know about Death 99
Discipline 103
On Place and Time 110
Synchronicity 118
Midpoint 123
Dusk: Third Sunday in Lent 127
On Fragility 128
Children 134
Wednesday 136
On the Cusp between Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30-12:30 - Waiting to Fall Asleep 138
A Window into Radiance 141
Bk. 2 Captiva 143
Bk. 3 Home 157
Sunday 159
Grace 162
Wednesday Once Again 165
Witness 171
Thresholds 174
And So 176
Frogs and Karaoke 178
Palm Sunday 179
On Rivers and Cherries 182
Tuesday 184
Midnight, Passover 186
Wednesday 187
Thursday 190
Good Friday 192
Saturday 193
Sunday 195
The Joy of All Who Sorrow 201
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