TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE INTRODUCTION POEM: SOMETIMES WRITING I. THERE IS A SPIRIT POEM: TO BREAK SILENCE II. PRAYER POEM: ABOUT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, GOD III. RANSOM POEM: INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE JOURNEY IV. FEAR POEM: THIS IS A RIVER V. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL POEM: PERSONAL ADDRESS VI. TRADITION: RELIGION POEM: YOUR BOAT, YOUR WORDS VII. TRADITION: WRITING POEM: BRAIDED RUG VIII. FORGIVING POEM: PENN STATION, NEW YORK CITY IX. RECEIVING FORGIVENESS PLAY EXCERPT: THE UNDERTAKING X. DOING GOOD POEM: TWO THOUSAND DEATHS XI. CHANGING THE WORLD POEM: THIS FLIGHT XII. THE BODY XIII. DEATH JOURNAL ENTRY: BURNING THE TOBACCO XIV. STRANGENESS POEM: THE FISH XV. BELOVED COMMUNITY POEM: THAT ONE XVI. FREEDOM POEM: CONFESSION XVII. JOY POEM: BLESSING FOR A WRITER NOTES FOR TEACHERS, WORKSHOP OR RETREAT LEADERS AND COUNSELORS INDEX
A renowned teacher of writing, Pat Schneider is the author of ten works of poetry and nonfiction, including Writing Alone and With Others. Founder of Amherst Writers & Artists, she travels frequently to teach and has been leading workshops in creative writing at the Pacific School of Religion for almost thirty years. Garrison Keillor has read her poems sixteen times on "Writers Almanac."
"How the Light Gets In is among the most inspiring personal stories I have ever read. Not only is this book beautifully written, but I felt the authenticity of the author's poignant spiritual journey in every word. Take time to read this book." --Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential "Pat Schneider is one of America's premier writing instructors. Her genius lies as much in her tenacity as in her talent, and in a wild incredible belief that there is a force in the universe, a 'light' if you will, that we--'cracked' though we may be--can emit if we work hard enough. How the Light Gets In effortlessly shows us how to do that often difficult work. If there is one book on writing or writers you can read this year, I emphatically recommend this one." --Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid "How the Light Gets In is a moving blend of memoir and reflections on creative writing through the lens of spiritual practice that leaves the reader comforted and challenged. This is an instructive, marvelous read." --Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, Yale Divinity School "Will have wide appeal to both amateur and seasoned writers and spiritual seekers whether or not tied to any tradition. The book is also useful as a tool for growth through reflection and writing. Highly recommended." --Library Journal "Will captivate writers who are looking for an alternative to the typical "how-to" book--who are looking for a book both practical and reverential." --Image