Christian Wiman

Christian Wiman is the author most recently of My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer and a volume of poems, Once in the West. He teaches at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music.

The Bird That Sang I Am

Poems about the place where we belong

by Christian Wiman | Thursday, November 25, 2021


by Christian Wiman | Monday, December 02, 2019

Five Poems 

“Spirits,” “The Priest at the Pool Party,” “A McDonald’s in Middle America,” “Joy,” and “Land’s End”

by Christian Wiman | Monday, June 04, 2018

Still Wilderness

What are we feeling when we are feeling joy? And where inside us does that feeling reside?

by Christian Wiman | Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Kill the Creature

In search of snakes—and the balm of charity and love in a world of infinitely lonely space

by Christian Wiman | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

I Will Love You in the Summertime

Between the rupture of life and the rapture of language lies a world of awe and witness

by Christian Wiman | Monday, February 29, 2016

Mortify Our Wolves

The struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death

by Christian Wiman | Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Gazing Into the Abyss

The sudden appearance of love and the galvanizing prospect of death lead a young poet back to poetry and a “hope toward God”

by Christian Wiman | Friday, June 01, 2007

Hive of Nerves

To be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life

by Christian Wiman | Tuesday, June 01, 2010

My Bright Abyss

I never felt the pain of unbelief until I believed. But belief itself is hardly painless.

by Christian Wiman | Monday, December 01, 2008