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I Could Name God in Twelve Ways (Paperback)


P&S History > Humanities > Biography & Memoirs

Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781985900653
Published: 10th September 2024
Casemate UK Academic



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I could dream in poetry, could summon words for spiritual experience, could name God in twelve ways and in ten times and places in history.


Award-winning writer Karen Salyer McElmurray details her life's journey across continents and decades in a poetic collection that is equal parts essay-as-memoir, memoir-as-Künstlerroman, and travelogue-as-meditation.


It is about the deserts of India. A hospital ward in Maryland. The blue seas of Greece. A greenhouse in Virginia. It is about the spirit houses of Thailand. The mountains of eastern Kentucky. The depths of the Grand Canyon. A creative writing classroom in Georgia. An attic in a generations-old house. It is about coming to terms with both memory and the power of writing itself.


At turns lyrical, poignant, and alluring, McElmurray probes her personal history from the stance of different places, perspectives, and vulnerabilities as she tenderly and fiercely searches for acceptance and a place to call home.

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