June 2006

Christian Wiman


Christian Wiman Christian Wiman's most recent book of poetry is Hard Night. A selection of his essays, Ambition and Survival: Essays on Art and Life, is forthcomng next year. He is the editor of Poetry.

Flat light and the white aisles of cotton,
sky like an idea of blue.
There's no space like this,
wide, fraught with God.

The past is not a place
but story upon story gone so far
inside of things it takes a touch
of almost inhuman love to tell them.

To be the wire through which that current burns,
conducting the stone's slow accretion
like a cry, deciphering sunlight,
to pluck sound from the rings of a tree . . .

More than this I want the silence that ensues,
to believe in nothing else but the fact of absence,
striking out again in a hard horizonless country
whose one road releases me like heat as I walk on.  



Christian Wiman: Poetry
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