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In Quiet Light

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A wonderful collection of poetry inspired by Vermeer’s famous portraits.

Although the paintings of Jan Vermeer continue to be celebrated, very little is known about the painter himself—and still less about the women he painted. Who were they? What were their lives like? What thoughts, dreams, and desires might they yield up if we take the time to truly look at them?

In this elegant volume Marilyn Chandler McEntyre asks these very questions, and she teases out intriguing possibilities in twenty poems arranged side by side with color reproductions of the paintings that inspired them. McEntyre has chosen eighteen of Vermeer’s famous women—including The Lacemaker, The Milkmaid, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Girl with a Red Hat—to wonder about.

Rich with imagined detail, these poems each invite the reader to take a closer look at Vermeer’s portraits, to celebrate not only Vermeer’s artistry but also the significance of the women themselves. McEntyre thoughtfully imagines the personal lives of these women and attempts to capture what Vermeer himself saw in them—a contemplative exercise that illuminates the presence of grace in the ordinary moments of life.

A wonderful blend of art and poetry, this volume offers a unique aesthetic experience for personal reflection.

About the author

Biography

Marilyn McEntyre is a writer and professor of medical humanities at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. Marilyn is the author of 14 books, including the recently-released A Faithful Farewell. She has won several outstanding teaching awards and was recently awarded a Christianity Today 2015 book award.

Her writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Weavings, Sojourners, Prism, Conversations, Christianity Today, Academic Medicine, Medical Humanities, Literature and Medicine, and a variety of other academic and trade publications.

She leads retreats and writing workshops. She cares about connecting spirituality, politics, food, healthcare, care for the earth and its creatures, care for language and public discourse, and finding new ways to live together on a planet that needs healing.

Website: http://marilynmcentyre.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marilyn-C-McEntyre-61282717027/

Twitter: @marilynmcentyre

Product details

  • Hardcover: 71 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; First Edition edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802838790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802838797
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces