Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-7

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

Once you encounter Jonathan Green, you enter into a world that is magical, inclusive, celebratory, and incredibly generous. He has an ability to move mountains—no matter what the odds. Even more than his accomplishments, it is his compassion that defines him. ...

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About the Painting

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pp. xiii-xiv

In spring and summer 2008, Charleston was the scene of a multi-arts celebration of lowcountry art and culture. The focus was a landmark painting of Jonathan Green entitled Seeking, which now hangs in the Gibbes Museum of Art. ...

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From the Artist

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pp. xv-xviii

My experience with “Seeking,” as practiced in the tradition of my ancestors, the Gullah people of South Carolina, was at the age of eleven through the Huspah Baptist Church near the Huspah River. ...

What is Required

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pp. 1-4

On Viewing Roudnice Triptych, c. 1410–1420(?), and Viewing Jonathan Green’s Seeking at Mepkin

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pp. 5-6

Into the Forest

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pp. 7-8

October in Eden

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pp. 9-11

Singing at the Edge of Need

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pp. 12-31

Anagram of Seeking

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pp. 13-32

Seeking

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pp. 14-33

Awakening to Myself

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pp. 15-34

Giving Birth

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pp. 16-35

Furnace

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pp. 17-18

CAUL • CALL (after) Jonathan Green

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pp. 19-23

No Longer Seeking Allegories

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pp. 24-43

Seeking

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pp. 25-26

Last Stand

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pp. 27-46

Lost and Found

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pp. 28-47

Seeking

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pp. 29-48

Packing a Suitcase [Color plates follow page 30]

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pp. 30-65

Crossing

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pp. 31-32

The Seeking Child

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pp. 33-34

One Year

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pp. 35-70

A Different Year

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pp. 36-71

Becoming Me

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pp. 37-72

Brother 2 Brother

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pp. 38-39

Seeking

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pp. 40-75

You’s a Stewart

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pp. 41-76

Open Spaces

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pp. 42-45

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Seeking—A Performance

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pp. 46-47

You know how it is when you’re a kid, and the old folks try to tell you about the old days and you’re too young to want to hear it or appreciate it? This is a little story about one of those occasions. ...

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Seek and Ye Shall Find

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pp. 48-49

I have always been a seeker. Since childhood, I felt forsaken and torn while desperately seeking a mother’s love, a love that I have never known. ...

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Seeking

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pp. 50-52

The young man wanted what he didn’t yet know, and so he welcomed the fear as he stooped and squinted to the first turn of the dark path. The danger of mistakes, perhaps even failure, lay ahead, and that frightened him only slightly less than the cost of staying still. ...

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Never Forget the Bridge

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pp. 53-54

The Gullah people have a saying: “Never forget the bridge that carries you over.” I am at the front edge of the baby boomers, born in 1946 in Georgetown, S.C., in a segregated society. No black people in my school or in my church. ...

Contributors

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pp. 55-60