Every Riven Thing by Christian Wiman
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Synopsis

A vibrant new collection from one of America's most talented young poets

Every Riven Thing is Christian Wiman’s first collection in seven years, and rarely has a book of poetry so borne the stamp of necessity. Whether in stark, haiku-like descriptions of a cancer ward, surrealistic depictions of a social order coming apart, or fluent, defiant outpourings of praise, Wiman pushes his language and forms until they break open, revealing startling new truths within. The poems are joyful and sorrowful at the same time, abrasive and beautiful, densely physical and credibly mystical. They attest to the human hunger to feel existence, even at its most harrowing, and the power of art to make our most intense experiences not only apprehensible but transfiguring.

 

About Christian Wiman

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Christian Wiman is the author of six previous books, most recently Every Riven Thing (FSG, 2010), winner of the Ambassador Book Award in poetry, and Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Christian Science Monitor

By Elizabeth Lund / December 27, 2010 Many readers think they know Christian Wiman because they’ve seen his work as editor of Poetry, the influential – and sometimes controversial – magazine.

Dec 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Every Riven Thing: Poems

Slate

The best thing about Christian Wiman is not that he reminds you of previous poets: it's that he makes you forget them.

Nov 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Every Riven Thing: Poems

Chron.com

Christian Wiman and Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout will read and discuss their poetry, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Neuhaus Stage, Alley Theatre, 615 Texas.

Feb 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Every Riven Thing: Poems

Chicago Tribune

God first appears at the end of the book's first poem, "Dust Devil," which concludes with the image of the dust devil as "God's top / in a time when time stopped," and frequently reappears, in various guises, up to and including the collection's concluding poem.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Whether in stark, haiku-like descriptions of a cancer ward, surrealistic depictions of a social order coming apart, or fluent, defiant outpourings of praise, Wiman pushes his language and forms until they break open, revealing startling new truths within.

Jan 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Every Riven Thing: Poems

The Mockingbird

We can confirm that Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the much beloved Jesus Storybook Bible (and the brand new Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing), will be speaking to us on Friday 4/19 about “Communicating Grace to Children.” Not to be missed!!.

Sep 29 2014 | Read Full Review of Every Riven Thing: Poems

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