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The Fruit of Silence


by Marilyn Nelson - 2006

This presentation explores how contemplative practices, especially those anchored in an active listening to silence, are integrated into creative writing courses. It pays particular attention to a course taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and to a course on the poetry of war and peace taught at the University of Connecticut. The presentation includes not only excerpts from student writing during the courses but also ongoing correspondence with students as they have maintained meditation practices during their military service in Iraq.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 9, 2006, p. 1733-1741
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12677, Date Accessed: 10/15/2019 10:42:53 PM

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  • Marilyn Nelson
    University of Connecticut
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    MARILYN NELSON is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut; founder and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a small writers’ colony; and Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut. Her recent publications are The Cachoiera Tales and Other Poems (L.S.U. Press, 2005); Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem (Front Street Books, 2005); and A Wreath for Emmett Till (Houghton Mifflin, 2005).
 
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