Listening Against the Stone: Meditations

Listening Against the Stone: Meditations

by Brenda Miller


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Listening Against the Stone brings 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558966437
Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Brenda Miller is the award-winning author of Blessing of the Animals and 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. Visit her at

Table of Contents

Preface xi


Incantations 3

Basha Leah 17

Next Year in Jerusalem 37

A Different Person 52

I Need a Miracle 64

Blessing of the Animals 69

A Thousand Buddhas

A Dharma Name 89

Music of the Spheres 93

How to Meditate 100

A Thousand Buddhas 112

Twelve Ways of Looking at Patience 123

Infant Ward 138

Raging Waters 147

Dirty Windows 154

The Burden of Bearing Fruit 157

At The Edge of the World

Hungers 175

Our Daily Toast 188

Enticement 193

The 23rd Adagio 199

Secret Machine 204

Opalescent 211

The Dog at the Edge of the World 226

Bodyguard 232

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