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Click here to listen to an audio interview with Paul Mariani This provocative collection of new poems is the latest in a series of Paul Mariani's rich contributions to American literature. These spiritually searching poems develop themes of personal loss - the deaths we experience - as well as the quest for new life often known as tranfigurations. Barry Moser, one of the world's foremost book designers and illustrators, has created a series of original engravings within the text that correspond to the major themes in Mariani's verse. Listen to Paul Mariani Read from Deaths and Transfigurations: Solar Ice The Sweater Casualty Report Silt Death and Transfiguration 911 High Tea with Miss Juliana Hopkins in Ireland When We Walked Together

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Paul L. Mariani
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Release: 2005
File: 94 Pages
ISBN-13: 1557254524

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In many senses, viewers have cut their teeth on the violence in American cinema: from Anthony Perkins slashing Janet Leigh in the most infamous of shower scenes; to the 1970s masterpieces of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Francis Ford Coppola; to our present-day undertakings in imagining global annihilations through terrorism, war, and alien grudges. Transfigurations brings our cultural obsession with film violence into a renewed dialogue with contemporary theory. Grønstad argues that the use of violence in Hollywood films should be understood semiotically rather than viewed realistically; Tranfigurations thus alters both our methodology of reading violence in films and the meanings we assign to them, depicting violence not as a self-contained incident, but as a convoluted network of our own cultural ideologies and beliefs.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Asbjørn Grønstad
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Release: 2008
File: 274 Pages
ISBN-13: 9789089640109

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The fourth book in the series featuring the irascible but loveable amateur sleuth Daniel Jacobus Vaclav Herza, the last of a dying breed of great but tyrannical conductors, has been music director of Harmonium for forty years. The world famous touring orchestra was created for him when he fled Czechoslovakia for America during the political turmoil in Eastern Europe in 1956. It is the eve of the opening of a dramatic new concert hall designed by Herza himself. It is also the eleventh hour of intense contract negotiations with the musicians that have strained relations within the organization. When the acting concertmaster, Scheherazade O'Brien, is summarily dismissed by the despotic Herza for the permanent concertmaster position, an audition she was poised to win, O'Brien slits her wrists and the orchestra becomes convulsed. Now, blind, cantankerous violin teacher Daniel Jacobus, who had shunned O'Brien's earlier plea for help against Herza's relentless harassment, investigates Herza's dark past not only in Prague, but in Tokyo and New York. With the help of his old friends Nathaniel Williams, Max Furukawa, and Martin Lilburn, he seeks not only revenge but redemption from the guilt of his own past.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Gerald Elias
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 2012-06-19
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781250014801

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The romantic sweep of Death and Transfiguration greets the reader immediately, from the onset of the first verse of the play to its dramatic conclusion. Set in the stunning locale of the magnificent vistas of the Swiss Alps by the Viervaldstettersee, this play takes you on a breathtaking journey into the psychological worlds of its characters. Based partly on earlier stories and legends of Faust, more specifically, works by Christopher Marlowe and Wolfgang von Goethe, we find him in this version challenging the temptations of evil rather than embracing them. The cosmic conflict between good and evil, between the light and the darkness, is the central theme of this work. Can man withstand the temptations of the evil forces or will he eventually succumb to those desires? Can his will, his spirit withdraw from the constant knocking of Satan? Can love overcome the seeds of hate and anger? Faust, at the outset, resists the invitation to join Mephistopheles; and, in subsequent engagements with the amoral and immortal prevaricator, he attempts and continues to withstand the clever manipulations of the devil. As a result of this ongoing conflict, the plot intensifies as this singular antagonist unveils and harnesses his many talents and powers, relentlessly attempting to infuse his will into the characters. The touching love story between Faust and Margaret takes on new dimensions here. Her growing madness tests the very sanity of Faust himself who finds himself more and more incapable of action as the tragedy unfolds. Will he too join her in the darkness? Is there, or can there be any redemption or salvation from suffering? Set throughout in poetry, the heart pounding pulse and rhythm of the work undeniably transports the reader or the spectator watching the play to new dimensions. Relish in a work that is unpredictable and unique, a play that will test your own convictions.

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Genre: Drama
Author: Istvan Hornyak
Publisher: Author House
Release: 2011-12-14
File: 236 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781468508130

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At the age of forty-six, the author, summoned by a compelling inner voice to leave everything, embarked on an intense spiritual quest to find God. This account of her journey inwards reflects her spiritual development over the period of her father’s illness and death, as well as her mother’s deteriorating mental condition. Rooted in scripture, this little volume offers an illuminating, even dazzling, portrayal of one woman’s capacity to deal, entirely alone, with the deepest grief and pain without losing perspective. Her great gift to us is her ability to see everything in the light of eternity and as the will of God. From this spiritual vantage point, she was given eyes to see far. This book reflects the intensity of her consciousness of God and the tension under which she lived and wrote. The more mystical passages, often lyrical in expression, reveal a depth and an immediacy, which makes the message compellingly direct. Anyone caring for an elderly parent, grieving the loss of a loved one, or struggling to make sense of pain and suffering, will find encouragement and hope in these pages.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Joyce Surman
Publisher: iUniverse
Release: 2001-07-01
File: 91 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780595192953

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Genre: Orchestral music
Author: Richard Strauss
Publisher:
Release: 1969
File: 90 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105028708670

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Author: Eleanor Dodge Barton
Publisher:
Release: 1938
File: 28 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:34428629

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The biblical story of Jesus' Transfiguration on a high mountain bristles with meanings germane to present-day concerns and spiritual longings. Together with its later artistic representations, this episode from the synoptic gospels seizes the imagination as an icon of mystical hope, beauty, and possibility. What might such an iconic episode, long honored liturgically in the Eastern church, disclose not only about Jesus, but also about the prospect of seeing our human nature transformed? And as interpreted by Christian tradition since the patristic era, what might it tell us about the worth of envisioning not just a conservation or preservation of natural resources but a transfiguration of all creation, and about how this feast of beauty could re-energize current discussions of Christianity's relation to environmental attitudes and policy? Such questions are addressed in this book through an original blend of personal reflection with commentary on relevant theological and scriptural texts, literary works, music, and art.

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Genre: Religion
Author: John Gatta
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2011-01-01
File: 166 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781608996742

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In this, her latest, deeply moving collection, Kelly Cherry confronts the basic questions of love and death, faith and suffering. From her search for “a new poetry”—one that can face up to the worst barbarities of the twentieth century—Cherry wrests a passionate, authoritative, powerful vision that is itself transfiguring. Death and Transfiguration focuses on the wisdom one gains from pain rather than on the pain itself. Cherry, betraying no fear, grasps her anguish to see how much she can stand. Dedication, tenacity, and spiritual poise are needed to make precise observations of this kind in the most trying times. In Death and Transfiguration, Cherry demonstrates how such displacements of the mind carry with them their own analeptic. “Requiem,” the collection’s long closing poem, gathers all of these deaths in a single embrace. This spectacular piece, emotionally akin to Anna Akhmatova’s poem of the same title but as closely and brilliantly reasoned as philosophy, transforms everything that has gone before, creating a strong, unified work.

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Genre: Poetry
Author: Kelly Cherry
Publisher: LSU Press
Release: 1997-10-01
File: 64 Pages
ISBN-13: 0807122122

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Author: Thomas Norton HARPER
Publisher:
Release: 1869
File: Pages
ISBN-13: BL:A0021879041

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