My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman
Meditation of a Modern Believer

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Recommended for readers who prefer poetry and criticism to platitudes or self-help texts, this memoir suits an audience able to balance intelligent insight with open-minded possibility, as a talented poet challenges his own and our verities.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

Seven years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith—responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition—might look like.

Joyful, sorrowful, and beautifully written, My Bright Abyss is destined to become a spiritual classic, useful not only to believers but to anyone whose experience of life and art seems at times to overbrim its boundaries. How do we answer this "burn of being"? Wiman asks. What might it mean for our lives—and for our deaths—if we acknowledge the "insistent, persistent ghost" that some of us call God?
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Religion Books of 2013

 

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 April 2, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 193 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kathleen Norris on May 24 2013

This is, above all, a book about experience, and about seeking a language that is adequate for both the fiery moments of inspiration and the “fireless life” in which we spend most of our days.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Apr 02 2013

I hope he lives to be ancient and writes many more books.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by DAVID YEZZI on Apr 18 2013

Perhaps every generation needs a writer to clear off this age-old path, renewing access and inviting entry, as Christian Wiman does in his weighty account of modern faith.

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Reviewed by Walton Muyumba on Apr 11 2013

...the collection demands close attention and rereading, but, thankfully, the essays offer generous rewards too.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by John L. Murphy, Ph.D. on Apr 02 2013

Recommended for readers who prefer poetry and criticism to platitudes or self-help texts, this memoir suits an audience able to balance intelligent insight with open-minded possibility, as a talented poet challenges his own and our verities.

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