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Christian Wiman

Born: 1966 in West Texas
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Christian Wiman lives in Chicago.

Biography: Wiman is the editor of Poetry magazine.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Christian Wiman on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Ambition and survival :
ISBN: 9781619320932 OCLC: 852756255

Copper Canyon Press, New York : 2013.

An intimate first book of personal essays and incisive commentary from the editor of Poetry.

Ambition and survival :
ISBN: 1556592604 OCLC: 123119532

Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Wash. : ©2007.

Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet is a collection of stirring personal essays and critical prose on a wide range of subjects: reading Paradise Lost in Guatemala, recalling violent episodes from the poet's youth, traveling in Africa with an eccentric father, as well as a series of penetrating essays on poets, poetry, and poetry's place in our lives. The book concludes with a portrait of Wiman's diagnosis with a rare cancer, and a clear-eyed declaration of what it means - for an artist and a person - to have faith in the face of death. -- BOOK JACKET.

Every riven thing /
ISBN: 0374150362 OCLC: 555656638

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York : 2010.

A collection of poems explores both sorrow and joy, presenting an optimistic celebration of life and love, while acknowledging man's ultimate mortality.

Hard night /
ISBN: 1556592205 OCLC: 56686348

"Hard Night is a book of intensity and range. Three long poems define the structure of Hard Night, each variously meditating on art, loneliness, and love. The book culminates with "Being Serious," a birth-to-death biography of Serious, a tragi-comic man who is as entertaining as he is poignant. Interspersed are twenty shorter lyrics that in their formal and musical dexterity, emotional directness, and avoidance of sentimentality recall the work of Frost and Yeats."--Jacket.

The long home /
ISBN: 1556592698 OCLC: 156975406

Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, Wash. : 2007.