The Sacred Place: Witnessing the Holy in the Physical World

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Some of today's most significant writers and poets explore the relation between what we call the sacred and what we witness in the apparent world.

This unprecedented anthology brings together a provocative mix of new and well known writers whose poetry and prose broaches the possibility of something "bigger" going on, something more significant at stake. Is some powerful agency at work in what we see or are we just wishing (or fearing) that there were? Who can say? Who would ...

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Overview

Some of today's most significant writers and poets explore the relation between what we call the sacred and what we witness in the apparent world.

This unprecedented anthology brings together a provocative mix of new and well known writers whose poetry and prose broaches the possibility of something "bigger" going on, something more significant at stake. Is some powerful agency at work in what we see or are we just wishing (or fearing) that there were? Who can say? Who would dare? What’s most intriguing about the selections in this volume is that the authors do dare. What’s most attractive about them is that they resist answering that dare with reductions. They prefer the swoon of multiple possibilities over the relative comfort of conclusions. Various as they are, the works collected in The Sacred Place share a common reverence for the word itself, and perhaps best of all—they share a common understanding that no one of them comprehends fully what that means. They seem to desire instead a sense that the humble stuff surrounding us affords a likely enough habitation for the sacred, even now.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874805246
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Regarding the Body
The Beautiful Changes 3
Clearness 4
Looking Outside the Cabin Window, I Remember a Line by Li Po 5
Natural Theology 6
Lt. Col. Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova 7
Vertigo 9
The Visible World 11
Pastoral 14
Mornings Like This 15
The Naturalist At Large On the Delaware River Marshes 16
Allatoona Evening 19
Under the Vulture-Tree 20
A Vision 21
Dandelions 22
Rosh Hashanah 23
Yellow Lilies and Cypress Swamp 24
In the Limbo of Lost Words 26
Evening Burning 27
Nightfall After a Storm 29
Aurora Borealis 31
Praise 33
Deer in Dry Creek, Dusk 34
False Cape Landing, The Horses 37
Blessed Among Birds 38
The Meekness of Angels 41
Buffalo Winter 49
Buckeye 61
Where He Is Now 68
The Bluest Water or Getting to the Bottom of Things 84
From "A Mountain" 89
Tide Pools 122
Widows and Dead Men 130
Home as Eden's Picture Book: The Fiction of Sacred Space 135
Getting to Hope 153
Interlude: The Literature of Nature and the Quest for the Sacred 165
Alfred Jacob Miller 181
Asylum in the Grasslands 182
The Clearing 184
Midway 190
Over Brogno 193
God Attack 197
Dancers at the Edge 198
Modifies 199
Mondrian's Forest 200
Seven 203
I Should Be Visible 204
What One Receives from Living Close to a Lake 205
In the Woods 206
Poem for the Last Decade 207
The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension 213
Spiritual Fallout 218
The Soul May Be Compared to a Figure Walking 220
Pearyland 223
Presences 231
Eve 241
The Real Surreal: Horseshoe Canyon 245
Out on the Wild Fringe 257
War Story 266
In the Maternity Wing, Madison, Minnesota 285
All That Is Hidden 299
Piety 306
Afterword: An Advent Nature 331
Contributors 341
Acknowledgments 349
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