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.

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