Christian Wiman

Dust Devil
September 02, 2010

Mystical hysterical amalgam of earth and wind and mind   over and of the much-loved   dust you go through a field I know   by broken heart for I have learned this art   of flourishing vanishing   wherein to live is to move   cohesion illusion   wild untouchable toy called by a boy   God’s top in a time when time stopped.   Christian Wiman is an American poet and editor of Poetry. His third volume of poetry is Every Riven Thing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). This article ran in the September 23, 2010 issue of the magazine. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  

Hammer Is the Prayer
August 12, 2010

There is no consolation in the thought of God, he said, slamming another nail in another house another havoc had half-taken. Grace is not consciousness, nor is it beyond. To hell with remembrance, to hell with heaven, hammer is the prayer of the poor and the dying. And as wind in some lordless random comes to rest, and all the disquieted dust within, peace came to the hinterlands of our minds, too remote to know, but peace nonetheless. Christian Wiman is an American poet and editor of Poetry. He is the author of, most recently, Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet (Copper Canyon Press). For