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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christian Wiman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1966 in West Texas

-- Christian Wiman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Christian Wiman lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wiman is the editor of Poetry magazine.

Published Works

    Every Riven Thing: Poems , Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet, Copper Canyon Press, 2007The Long Home , Copper Canyon Press , 2007Hard Night , Copper Canyon Press , 2005

Selected Titles At Your Library

Every riven thing /
ISBN: 0374150362. OCLC Number:

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.

Ambition and survival :
ISBN: 1556592604. OCLC Number:

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.

The long home /
ISBN: 1556592698. OCLC Number:

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

Hard night /
ISBN: 1556592205. OCLC Number:

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"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.

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