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 apprehensive but transfiguring.
Every Riven Thing by Christian Wiman
Black board covers with grey/white DJ and white spine. Edge wear and corner bumps. Clean, tight pages and binding. Published by Farrar, Straus, Girroux in 2010. First Edition. Poetry. Measures 8.5 x 5.75 inches with 90 pages. VG