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Christian Wiman is The author of numerous books, including two memoirs, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013) and He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art (FSG, 2018); Every Riven Thing (FSG, 2010), winner of the Ambassador Book Award in poetry; and Once in mostra'n més the West (FSG, 2014), a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in poetry. He is also the translator of Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam. He reaches religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and at Yale Divinity School. mostra'n menys
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Obres de Christian Wiman

My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (2013) 394 exemplars, 10 ressenyes
Every Riven Thing: Poems (2010) 152 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Zero at the Bone: Fifty Entries Against Despair (2023) 76 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet (2007) 73 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Joy: 100 Poems (2017) 71 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Once in the West: Poems (2014) 67 exemplars
Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (2012) 57 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Survival Is a Style: Poems (2020) 44 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Hard Night (2005) 41 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
Poetry (1960) — Editor — 41 exemplars
Poetry Magazine Vol. 193 No. 1, October 2008 (2008) — Editor — 13 exemplars
Home: 100 Poems (2021) 7 exemplars
Poetry Magazine Vol. 201 No. 5, February 2013 (2012) — Editor — 4 exemplars
Poetry 100 Years 1 exemplars
Poetry March 2011 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Col·laborador — 96 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best American Spiritual Writing 2008 (2008) — Col·laborador — 85 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
The Best American Poetry 2018 (2018) — Col·laborador — 79 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 (2010) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (2020) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars


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Reading Wiman, former editor of Poetry magazine, on poetry and faith is always a pleasure. Here he argues that poetry, or art generally, cannot be an end. The hunger that gives rise to art cannot be satisfied by it. But experiencing or creating great poetry, or art, I think he is saying, functions to quiet the incessant chatter and cacophony in one’s head (what I think Buddhism calls the “monkey mind”) forming a “spot in time” to quote Wordsworth, in which faith is present, before, inevitably, it slips away again in the currents. In this it is similar to being confronted with the hard fact of one’s imminent death, which also serves to still the mind. Wiman, a poet and rare cancer survivor, at least argues from firsthand knowledge.

Interestingly Wiman believes that even great poets who reject theistic faith - Ammons, Oliver, Larkin - express these spots of time in their works. They express the divine order in their poetry while rejecting it everywhere else, and indeed, this is a feature of modern artists. Even Larkin’s famous and possibly terrifying poem Aubade, reading in part, “The sure extinction that we travel to / And shall be lost in always. Not to be here, / Not to be anywhere, / And soon: nothing more terrible, nothing more true.” does this. The dark night of the soul, the scouring of the ego, is no stranger, no unknown companion, to faith. Larkin himself could not accept the signs of faith in his own work, but they are present.

What eternal outcome faith points to Wiman cannot say. He discounts the traditional Christian conception of the continuation of self in another form as a mere dream and fantasy, granting Larkin and other critics of religion a point when they say it is all about fear and trying to avoid death, though Wiman still identifies as Christian. Many believers would say his own faith is therefore weak, though it reminds me of Nabokov, writing in his fiction of how unoriginal and uncreative the human imagination is, that all we can envision eternity being is basically more of what we already know. We can’t know.

Wiman quotes Rabbi Heschel’s definition of faith as faithfulness to a time when we had faith. It’s a slippery thing, coming and going, impossible to pin down, but at times glancingly accessible. Great art being one of those times, capable of emerging even through persons who posses no faith at all, who may not recognize it in their own work. Poets treat their art as an ends rather than a means of expressing the greater order at their own peril, however, for “Understand that there is a beast within you / that can drink till it is / sick, but cannot drink till it is satisfied... / It does / not wish you well.” (Frank Bidart)
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lelandleslie | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 24, 2024 |
Pg 75 "there s no clean intellectual coherence, no abstract ultimate meaning to be found, and if this is not recognized, then the compulsion to find such certainty becomes it own punishment. this realization is not the end of theology, but the beginning of it: trust no theory, no religious history or cred, in which the author's personal faith is not actively at risk."
julzreads | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Jan 28, 2024 |
Powerful reflections on faith, pain, suffering, poetry and language. I am thinking of buying a copy fr my library.
nmele | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Jan 22, 2024 |



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