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Every Riven Thing by Christian Wiman
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Jul 18, 2010

it was amazing

I have recently read the galley of Christian Wiman's Every Riven Thing that comes out from FSG in November and it is beautiful. Lyrical, with many of the same topoi that Wiman has done so well previously in both his poetry & prose -- austere glimpses of his West Texas upbringing; sophisticated commentary on his cosmopolitan & urbane lifestyle: a new love and late first marriage, a high profile job; the inevitable intrusions of the painful realities of an ailing parent, an incurable disease, a future that may occur without him; realizations of an often joyful acquiescence to, & new appreciation of, belief and life. His ars poetica "Late Fragment" seems to capture the atopia (the placed displacement, neither utopian nor dystopian) of contemporary poetry: "a halting, haunted art/ wherein to master was to miss--/ how to say this, how to say this...

The poem may circumnavigate the process, but the entire collection indicates that Wiman certainly knows the answer to that query! I'm a devoted fan.
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