Today (Aug. 31) marks the birthday of poet Christian Wiman…
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of video clips of Wiman reading his poems…
Although poetry is not easy read in our age of lightning-fast communications and instant gratification, it is an important way of learning to slow down and pay attention to the beauty and the brokenness of the world around us.
We all would do well to infuse our lives with more poetry!
(Including collections by Christian Wiman, Mary Oliver, Tania Runyan, and MORE)
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.”
– William Lloyd Garrison, Abolitionist,
born on this date in 1918.
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Featuring an interview and review on Rachel Marie Stone’s new book EAT WITH JOY. And a superb lineup of reviews: new books by Christian Wiman, Ragan Sutterfield, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Giorgio Agamben, Maurice Manning, and MORE!
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Christian Wiman grew up steeped in the Christian culture of West Texas, but left that faith when he went to college and entered into a literary world where Christianity no longer seemed to make sense. He excelled as a poet and eventually became editor of Poetry Magazine, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journal of verse. Faith found its way back into his life through finding love and his diagnosis with a rare chronic cancer. His new book My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer is both the story of his return to Christianity and a beautiful mix of poetry and meditations on the experience of faith in this time and culture. I talked with Wiman about his book and the questions explored there.
RS: I was struck by a statement in Adam Kirsch’s review of your book in the New Yorker. He said that, “To argue for faith, at least in the twenty-first century, is already to lose the argument. What believers can give nonbelievers is an account of what it means to live in faith – not a polemic but a description, a confession, a kind of poem.” What is your take on that statement and how did that reality play out for you in writing My Bright Abyss?