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Sky Songs

Meditations on Loving a Broken World

Jennifer Sinor

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 10/2020
Pages: 204
Subject: Biography and Autobiography
eBook ISBN: 9781496224026


Sky Songs is a collection of essays that takes inspiration from the ancient seabed in which Jennifer Sinor lives, an elemental landscape that reminds her that our lives are shaped by all that has passed through. Beginning with the conception of her first son, which coincided with the tragic death of her uncle on an Alaskan river, and ending a decade later in the Himalayan home of the Dalai Lama, Sinor offers a lyric exploration of language, love, and the promise inherent in the stories we tell: to remember. In these essays, Sinor takes us through the mountains, deserts, and rivers of the West and along with her on her travels to India. Whether rooted in the dailiness of raising children or practicing yoga, Sinor searches for the places where grace resides. The essays often weave several narrative threads together in the search for relationship and connection. A mother, writer, teacher, and yoga instructor, Sinor ultimately tackles the most difficult question: how to live in a broken world filled with both suffering and grace.  


Jennifer Sinor is a professor of English at Utah State University. She is the author of three books, including Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe and Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir. Her essays have appeared in the American Scholar, Creative Nonfiction, Gulf Coast, Ecotone, Fourth Genre, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.  


"I moved into these essays, folded myself between Sinor's patient, pointed, perfect pages, and was fully embraced by Sinor's attention, her expansiveness, and her enveloping words."—Nicole Walker, author of Sustainability: A Love Story    

"The timing couldn't be better for Jennifer Sinor's Sky Songs. In this era of dissent and polarization, her essays take us right to the edge of what is most beautifully, troublingly, and excitingly human. The fragility of the body, the perseverance of the soul: we're willing to dive deep into these essays about love, fear, family, and the healing power of solitude because we're in Sinor's steady hands. I'm grateful for her fierce honesty and her wise insights."—Debra Gwartney, author of I Am a Stranger Here Myself ?