S4E3: The Opposite of Faith is Certainty: Christian Wiman
Tokens with Lee C. Camp
Poet Christian Wiman discusses doubt and faith; the role of poetry “when the world is burning”; ways in which being raised in west Texas made him the poet and person he is; how “destitution and abundance are two facets of the one face of God”; along with four poem recitations.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Good Lord The Light by Christian Wiman - A Friend to Krista Tippett
The Poetry Exchange
In this special, feature-length episode, pioneering broadcaster, writer and host of On Being, Krista Tippett talks about the poem that has been a friend to her: ‘Good Lord The Light’ by Christian Wiman. Krista Tippett has created a singular space for reflection and conversation in American and global public life. She founded and leads the On Being Project (www.onbeing.org)— a groundbreaking media and public life initiative pursuing “deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.” As the creator and host of the Peabody Award-winning On Being radio show, heard on over 400 public radio stations across the US, Tippett takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human, how we do want to live, and who will we be to each other? In 2014, President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.” Krista is also the author of three books at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, social healing, science, and the arts: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living; Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit and Speaking of Faith, a memoir of religion in our time. Krista is in conversation with The Poetry Exchange hosts Fiona Bennett and Michael Shaeffer. ‘Good Lord The Light’ can be found in poet Christian Wiman’s latest collection – ‘Survival is a Style’, from Farrar, Straus and Geroux: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374272050 You can listen to Krista’s extraordinary range of life-expanding conversations through the On Being podcast – which can be found wherever you get your podcasts and at www.onbeing.com. The gift reading of 'Good Lord The Light' is by Michael Shaeffer. GOOD LORD THE LIGHT by Christian Wiman Good morning misery, goodbye belief, good Lord the light cutting across the lake so long gone to ice — There is an under, always, through which things still move, breathe, and have their being, quick coals and crimsons no one need see to see. Good night knowledge, goodbye beyond, good God the winter one must wander one’s own soul to be. From 'Survival is a Style' - Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 2020)
Episode 21: Christian Wiman, I Don't Want to Be a Spice Store
Poetry For All
In this episode we talk with Christian Wiman about the arc of a book of poetry, the structure of an individual poem, the desire for openness and accessibility, and the surprising shifts from levity to seriousness that take even the writer by surprise. The episode considers how poets construct and organize their poems, and it also touches on differing approaches poets take across their career. Christian Wiman is the Clement-Muehl Professor of Communication Arts at Yale Divinity School, the former editor of Poetry magazine, and the author, editor, and translator of multiple books. He has won countless awards for his poetry and also has extraordinary books of prose, including My Bright Abyss and He Held Radical Light. Today, we talk with him about his poem “I Don’t Want to be a Spice Store” from his latest book of poetry, Survival is a Style. For more on Christian Wiman, please see The Poetry Foundation. This poem comes from Survival is a Style.Links:Survival Is a Style | Christian Wiman | MacmillanChristian Wiman | Poetry Foundation
The more I think the more I feel reality without reverence is not real. The more I feel the more I think that God himself has brought me to this brink wherein to have more faith means having less. And love’s the sacred name for loneliness. I speak a word I have not spoken and by that word […]
Mixed Feelings: Poetry and Faith for Our Time / Christian Wiman & Miroslav Volf
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Poet Christian Wiman and theologian Miroslav Volf, both colleagues and friends, discuss poetry's ability to give voice to the mixed feelings of life today, talking about the mash-up of home and exile, joy and sorrow, saint and sinner; and Wiman reads some of his favorite poetry from his upcoming anthology, Home: 100 Poems.Poet Christian Wiman is Professor of the Practice of Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School. He’s the author of several books of poetry, including Every Riven Thing, Hammer is the Prayer, and his most recent, Survival Is a Style. His memoirs include the bracing and beautiful My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, and He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art. He edited an anthology of 100 poems on Joy a few years ago, and is currently putting finishing touches on another 100 poems on Home.Our guest last week, the novelist Marilynne Robinson, says of Wiman, "His poetry and scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world. This puts him at the very source of theology, and enables him to say new things in timeless language, so that the reader’s surprise and assent are one and the same.”Show NotesOn being nowhere, absence, place, and homeSimone Weil: “We must take the feeling of being at home into exile, we must be rooted in the absence of a place." Christian Wiman’s homeThe resonance of objects and personsCompleting a poetry anthology about home during a pandemicThe ubiquity of home in poetry"The Niagara River” by Kay RyanIndividual life joining with collective life, the circularity and rhythm of lyric poetry; searching for a remembrance of homeWilliam Wordsworth: “Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come”“Innocence” by Patrick Kavanagh"To be a poet is to be in exile." What is it to be a believer?"Poets are not poets most of the time, the rest of the time they’re poor slobs like everybody else."Living in and attending to our exile: Abraham “living in tents, awaiting the city, whose architect and builder is God”; Jesus sleeping in the boat in the storm.Gillian Rose, Love’s Work and Nietzsche’s "tragic joy”; writing when she was dying of cancer and viewing faith as unmaking oneself."The Bennett Springs Road” by Julia Randall: “The bird that sang I am."What is the right relationship of security to precarity?“In a Time of Peace” by Ilya KaminskyHow do we live lives of joy while there’s suffering all around us?“Shema” by Primo LeviAlexander Schmemann’s “bright sorrow"Marilynne Robinson’s model of creating characters with credible lives of faith‚ credible for the very fact that they are attentive to the suffering around them.W.H. Auden: “A good poem is the clear expression of mixed feelings.""Taking life by the throat"Both/And Life“Filling Station” by Elizabeth Bishop—“Somebody loves us all."
#8 Jezus verschijnt steeds opnieuw (Christian Wiman)
Op dit moment lees ik het boekje “Mijn heldere afgrond” van Christian Wiman (klik hier voor meer info; koop het boekje bij je lokale boekhandel in deze tijd van de corona-crisis, zoals bij Donner Rotterdam). Wiman is een modern gelovige en ‘dus’ een zoeker. En zoekers kunnen goede gidsen zijn. Wiman is daar één van. Ik lees een fragment uit zijn boek waar ik bijzonder door geraakt ben: Jezus verschijnt steeds weer opnieuw. Iedere eeuw, ieder mensenleven, iedere ervaring heeft een eigen Jezus zonder dat Hij daaraan voorgoed vastgeklonken zit. Hij verschijnt én kan weer zo verdwijnen. Zo zet dichter Wiman mij aan het denken waar Jezus Christus is verschenen of kan verschijnen in het leven van alledag, in mijn eigen leven. Robert-Jan van Amstel, 22 april 2020 (ten tijde van de corona-crisis) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rjvanamstel/message