A Spiritual Biography of the Season

Book - 2003
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Contents: pt. 1. Winter as a time of sorrow and barrenness. "A fire by ice" / Jamaica Kincaid
"Cold night" and other haiku / Matsuo Bashō
"Ice and light" / Barry Lopez
from The cloister walk / Kathleen Norris
"While we were arguing" and "Apple dropping into deep early snow" / Jane Kenyon
"November : old guys" / John Jerome
"A winter burial" / Robert Finch
pt. 2. Winter as a time to be scoured, and a time to succor the scoured. "Wickedness" / Ron Hansen
from Concio hyemalis : a winter sermon / William Cooper
"Closing the circle" / Jim Dale Huot-Vickery
"Bitter cold, living in the village" / Po Chü-Yi
"Winter" / Donald Hall
pt. 3. Winter as a time of shoring ourselves up. "Weather report : February 10" / Kathleen Norris
"The cold" / John Updike
from the Treasury of well-turned verse / Vidyākara
from The writing life / Annie Dillard
from A romantic education / Patricia Hampl
"Season of change and loss" and "Good-by and keep cold / Jane Kenyon
"The pond in winter" / Henry David Thoreau
pt. 4. Winter as a time of purity and praise. from the Daily Hallel (Hallel sheb'khol yom)
"Winter haven" / Rachel Carson
"On a dark, black night, love lights a lamp" and other Sufi poems / Sultan Bahu
"Winter" / Annie Dillard
from Soul among lions : the musings of a bootleg preacher / Will D. Campbell
"Through the ice" / William J. Vande Kopple
pt. 5. Winter as a time of delight and play. from Songs of the dream people / James Houston
"Snow" / Mark A. Noll
from An American childhood / Annie Dillard
from Indian Creek chronicles : a winter alone in the wilderness / Pete Fromm
"The winter of the great snows" / E.B. White
"When the clouds have passed away" and other poems from The fisherman's calendar / Yun Sŏndo
"This morning" / Jane Kenyon
Publisher: Woodstock, Vt. : SkyLight Paths Pub., c2003
Branch Call Number: 808.8033 W PBK
Characteristics: xiii, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schmidt, Gary D.
Felch, Susan M. 1951-
ISBN: 9781893361539


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This anthology features the best spirituality and nature writers on the topic of the inexorable nature of the coldest season. For it is winter's barrenness that provides the infertile period before new life can begin. Annie Dillard, Henry David Thoreau, Jane Kenyon, E.B. White, and Kathleen Norr... Read More »

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