A Writer's Meditation
By (author) Susan Neville
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Iconography by Susan Neville
Book Description"I started this meditation on the first day of Lent. I hope to keep going every day until Easter. Each day I go fishing in the water of this internal voice. This week the water's still, this angled pen a blue sail; the hook is lazy in the estuary, the water the color of lapis. So what if I don't catch a fish? I said that I would fish; that's all I promised. I bait the hook with each day's discipline. I have no guarantees that there is anything at all to catch in these particular waters, that something beneath the surface won't grab my pen and pull me under." -from Iconography When Susan Neville enrolls in an icon-painting class in the cellar of an Indianapolis monastery, she begins a journey into a fascinating 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 40 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253216144
(217mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 12-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Susan Neville
Invention of Flight, Paperback (April 2010)
Susan Neville combines a gift for language with a subtle eye and a fine instinct for character. Her characters and her settings are, most of them, midwestern, and her stories stick in the reader's mind long after she has read them."
Sailing the Inland Sea, Paperback (February 2007)
Calling on the image of the Midwest's vanished inland sea, the author presents a collection of essays that ponder writing and the "landlocked imagination." The essays range from interviews with Indiana writers Kurt Vonnegut, Scott Sanders, Marguerite Young, and others, to discussions on techniques grounded in a Midwestern sensibility.
Indiana Winter, Paperback (June 1994)» View all books by Susan Neville
Gives a collection of essays, stories, and essay-stories on the state of Indiana, including a look at prisons and jail, country churches, towns and farms, a blood bank, the State Fair, the Dillinger Museum in Nashville, John Mellencamp's art opening in Seymour, and New Harmony on the day Iben Browning predicted that an earthquake would destroy it.
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Author Biography - Susan Neville
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.
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