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Every Riven Thing

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Review-A-Day

"Christian Wiman (currently, the editor of Poetry magazine) writes poems that are a study in torque, full of twisting force, words and lines pushing and pulling each other into forms of astonishing solidity and grace. His third collection, Every Riven Thing, is a beautiful and wrenching dialogue with death, decay, and the divine and is one of the best books of poems published last year." Jill Owens, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Grave and thoughtful, careful in its acoustic effects, and at times breathtaking in its achievement, this third set of verse from Poetry editor Wiman is by far his best. Though his forms vary, his goals and attitudes stay clear: he wants to see the ugly and the difficult without turning away, to describe them tersely and accurately, and to see the handiwork of God. Early poems handle his own chronic, serious illness, and its grueling treatments: 'Needle of knowledge, needle of nothingness,/ gringing through my spine to sip at the marrow of me.' Much of the rest of the volume reacts to the illness and death of the poet's father: 'Not altogether gone,' the elderly man looks 'half-childlike... before he's seized again with a sharp impersonal turbulence/ like angry laundry.' Surrounded by such failures of body and mind, Wiman (Hard Night) doubts that he can say anything fitting, or even pious, about his God, 'that to say the name God/ is a great betrayal'--and yet, he tells us, he must try and try: the religious sentiments sit uneasily with the stark scenes of fact, of bodily decay and environmental destruction, but the poet insists on the reality of them all. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"A collection that sings with the beauty of life and at the same time acknowledges its fragility: 'To believe is to believe you have been torn/ from the abyss, yet stand waveringly on its rim.'" Library Journal

Review:

"Wiman...brings fire and gravity to poems forged in a battle....Exquisitely aware that every thing on earth, no matter how hard used, channels the mysterious force that makes atoms dance and hearts beat, Wiman, in the spirit of Hopkins, infuses molten life into every word." Booklist

Synopsis:

When Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine in Chicago in 1912, she began with an image: the Open Door. “May the great poet we are looking for never find it shut, or half-shut, against his ample genius!” For a century, the most important and enduring poets have walked through that door—William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens in its first years, Rae Armantrout and Kay Ryan in 2011. And at the same time, Poetry continues to discover the new voices who will be read a century from now.

Poetry’s archives are incomparable, and to celebrate the magazine’s centennial, editors Don Share and Christian Wiman combed them to create a new kind of anthology, energized by the self-imposed limitation to one hundred poems. Rather than attempting to be exhaustive or definitive—or even to offer the most familiar works—they have assembled a collection of poems that, in their juxtaposition, echo across a century of poetry. Adrienne Rich appears alongside Charles Bukowski; poems by Isaac Rosenberg and Randall Jarrell on the two world wars flank a devastating Vietnam War poem by the lesser-known George Starbuck; August Kleinzahler’s “The Hereafter” precedes “Prufrock,” casting Eliot’s masterpiece in a new light. Short extracts from Poetry’s letters and criticism punctuate the verse selections, hinting at themes and threads and serving as guides, interlocutors, or dissenting voices.

The resulting volume is an anthology like no other, a celebration of idiosyncrasy and invention, a vital monument to an institution that refuses to be static, and, most of all, a book that lovers of poetry will devour, debate, and keep close at hand.

 

Synopsis:

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

Every Riven Thing is Christian Wimans 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 the Author

Christian Wiman was born and raised in West Texas. He is the editor of Poetry and the author of two previous collections of poems, Hard Night (2005) and The Long Home (2007), and one collection of prose. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Mastery and Mystery: Twenty-One Ways to Read a Century

Editors Note

Ezra Pound   In a Station of the Metro

Kay Ryan   Sharks Teeth
Marie Ponsot   Anti-Romantic 
Roddy Lumsden   The Young
LeRoi Jones   Valéry as Dictator
Edwin Arlington   Robinson Eros Turannos
Ange Mlinko   It Was a Bichon Frisés Life . . .
Muriel Rukeyser   Song
August Kleinzahler   The Hereafter
T. S. Eliot   The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Laura Kasischke   Look
Weldon Kees   From “Eight Variations”
Robert Creeley   For Love
Mary Karr   Disgraceland
Lucille Clifton   sorrows
A. E. Stallings   On Visiting a Borrowed Country House in Arcadia
Charles Wright   Bedtime Story
Delmore Schwartz   In the Naked Bed, In Platos Cave
William Matthews   Mingus at the Showplace
Donald Justice   Men at Forty
Ruth Stone   Forecast
Craig Arnold   Meditation on a Grapefruit
Josephine Miles   The Hampton Institute Album
P. K. Page   My Chosen Landscape
Theodore Roethke   Florists Root Cellar
Wallace Stevens   Tea at the Palaz of Hoon
Basil Bunting   From Briggflatts
Louise Bogan   Night
Rodney Jack   After the Diagnosis
Margaret Atwood   Pig Song
Michael S. Harper   Blues Alabama
Isaac Rosenberg   Break of Day in the Trenches
George Starbuck   Of Late
Randall Jarrell   Protocols
Tom Disch   The Prisoners of War
Seamus Heaney   A Dog Was Crying To-Night in Wicklow Also
Hart Crane   At Melvilles Tomb
Robert Hayden   O Daedalus, Fly Away Home
Charles Bukowski   A Not So Good Night in the San Pedro of the World
Adrienne Rich   Final Notations
W. H. Auden   The Shield of Achilles
Albert Goldbarth   He Has
Alice Fulton   What I Like
Edna St. Vincent Millay   Rendezvous
Sylvia Plath   Fever 103
Lisel Mueller   In the Thriving Season
Eleanor Wilner   Magnificat
Atsuro Riley   Hutch
Thomas Sayers   Ellis Or,
Marianne Moore   No Swan So Fine
John Berryman   The Traveler
Averill Curdy   Sparrow Trapped in the Airport
H. D.   His Presence
Rae Armantrout   Transactions
Gwendolyn Brooks   The Children of the Poor
E. E. Cummings   What If a Much of a Which of a Wind
Frederick Seidel   Mu‘allaqa
Geoffrey Hill   The Peacock of Alderton
May Swenson   Green Red Brown and White
Anne Stevenson   Inheriting My Grandmothers Nightmare
Jeanne Murray   Walker Little Blessing for My Floater
Brooklyn Copeland   Prayers End
Jack Spicer   “Any fool can get into an ocean . . . ”
Alan Dugan   Fabrication of Ancestors
Edward Dorn   Dark Ceiling
W. S. Merwin   Search Party
Lorine Niedecker   Three Poems
Denise Levertov   Our Bodies
James Wright   The Blessing
Robinson Jeffers   Grass on the Cliff
W. S. Di Piero   Big City Speech
Cid Corman   From “Cahoots”
Richard Wilbur   Hamlen Brook
Rita Dove   Old Folks Home, Jerusalem
Don Paterson   The Lie
Maxine Kumin   Nurture
William Carlos Williams   Paterson, Book V: The River of Heaven
Ted Hughes   Heatwave
Frank OHara   Chez Jane
Reginald Dwayne Betts   “For you: anthophilous, lover of flowers”
Rachel Wetzsteon   On Leaving the Bachelorette Brunch
Adrian Blevins   How to Cook a Wolf
A. R. Ammons   Gravelly Run
Samuel Menashe   Here
Robert Duncan   Returning to Roots of First Feeling
Langston Hughes   Blues in Stereo
James Schuyler   Korean Mums
Jacob Saenz   Sweeping the States
George Oppen   Birthplace: New Rochelle
Gary Snyder   Song of the Tangle
Belle Randall   A Childs Garden of Gods
Isabella Gardner   The Widows Yard
Thom Gunn   Lines for a Book
Frank Bidart   From “The Third Hour of the Night”
William Meredith   The Illiterate
Rhina P. Espaillat   Changeling
Maria Hummel   Station
James Merrill   The Mad Scene
W. S. Graham   The Beast in the Space
William Butler Yeats   The Fisherman

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374150365
Subtitle:
One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of "Poetry" Magazine
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Author:
Share, Don
Author:
Wiman, Christian
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120925
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

Related Subjects

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Product details 224 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux - English 9780374150365 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Grave and thoughtful, careful in its acoustic effects, and at times breathtaking in its achievement, this third set of verse from Poetry editor Wiman is by far his best. Though his forms vary, his goals and attitudes stay clear: he wants to see the ugly and the difficult without turning away, to describe them tersely and accurately, and to see the handiwork of God. Early poems handle his own chronic, serious illness, and its grueling treatments: 'Needle of knowledge, needle of nothingness,/ gringing through my spine to sip at the marrow of me.' Much of the rest of the volume reacts to the illness and death of the poet's father: 'Not altogether gone,' the elderly man looks 'half-childlike... before he's seized again with a sharp impersonal turbulence/ like angry laundry.' Surrounded by such failures of body and mind, Wiman (Hard Night) doubts that he can say anything fitting, or even pious, about his God, 'that to say the name God/ is a great betrayal'--and yet, he tells us, he must try and try: the religious sentiments sit uneasily with the stark scenes of fact, of bodily decay and environmental destruction, but the poet insists on the reality of them all. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day" by , "Christian Wiman (currently, the editor of Poetry magazine) writes poems that are a study in torque, full of twisting force, words and lines pushing and pulling each other into forms of astonishing solidity and grace. His third collection, Every Riven Thing, is a beautiful and wrenching dialogue with death, decay, and the divine and is one of the best books of poems published last year." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "A collection that sings with the beauty of life and at the same time acknowledges its fragility: 'To believe is to believe you have been torn/ from the abyss, yet stand waveringly on its rim.'"
"Review" by , "Wiman...brings fire and gravity to poems forged in a battle....Exquisitely aware that every thing on earth, no matter how hard used, channels the mysterious force that makes atoms dance and hearts beat, Wiman, in the spirit of Hopkins, infuses molten life into every word."
"Synopsis" by , When Harriet Monroe founded Poetry magazine in Chicago in 1912, she began with an image: the Open Door. “May the great poet we are looking for never find it shut, or half-shut, against his ample genius!” For a century, the most important and enduring poets have walked through that door—William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens in its first years, Rae Armantrout and Kay Ryan in 2011. And at the same time, Poetry continues to discover the new voices who will be read a century from now.

Poetry’s archives are incomparable, and to celebrate the magazine’s centennial, editors Don Share and Christian Wiman combed them to create a new kind of anthology, energized by the self-imposed limitation to one hundred poems. Rather than attempting to be exhaustive or definitive—or even to offer the most familiar works—they have assembled a collection of poems that, in their juxtaposition, echo across a century of poetry. Adrienne Rich appears alongside Charles Bukowski; poems by Isaac Rosenberg and Randall Jarrell on the two world wars flank a devastating Vietnam War poem by the lesser-known George Starbuck; August Kleinzahler’s “The Hereafter” precedes “Prufrock,” casting Eliot’s masterpiece in a new light. Short extracts from Poetry’s letters and criticism punctuate the verse selections, hinting at themes and threads and serving as guides, interlocutors, or dissenting voices.

The resulting volume is an anthology like no other, a celebration of idiosyncrasy and invention, a vital monument to an institution that refuses to be static, and, most of all, a book that lovers of poetry will devour, debate, and keep close at hand.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
A vibrant new collection from one of America's most talented young poets

Every Riven Thing is Christian Wimans 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.

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