Once in the West: Poems

Once in the West: Poems

Christian Wiman / Sep 18, 2019

Once in the West Poems One of The New York Times Favorite Poetry Books of National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistWinner of the Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit in PoetryA searing new collection

  • Title: Once in the West: Poems
  • Author: Christian Wiman
  • ISBN: 9780374227012
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
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      • Christian Wiman

        Christian Wiman is an American poet and editor born in 1966 and raised in West Texas He graduated from Washington and Lee University and has taught at Northwestern University, Stanford University, Lynchburg College in Virginia, and the Prague School of Economics In 2003 he became editor of the oldest American magazine of verse, Poetry.


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    1. It's Wednesday, and I don't tend to do poetry reviews on Wednesday. (At least not well.) My gut reaction is that I'm rounding up to 4 stars. I think I liked his previous collection better, but this one seems more personal, more intimate, more haunted since you are intensely aware, throughout, of Wiman's incurable cancer. My main complaint was there were too many long, skinny poems that often seemed to lack the charged language necessary for long, skinny poems. That said, there were almost alway [...]


    2. I don't know if it is the way that Wiman ordered them, or if his poems just gradually awakened my sensibilities for the different layers of meaning that he has placed in them, but these poems seemed to grow more and more powerful the further along in the book that I read them."Prayer," "Calculus," "Keynote" and "Music Maybe" are all early favorites. Then "Black Diamond" and "We Lived" hit home deeper than I expected them too. But things only get better from there. The language of "Believing Gree [...]


    3. Such an "ecstatic ruckus." My favorite book of Wiman's so far. The end of the final poem--. . .once in the Shedd aquarium in ChicagoI floated a momentwith my love and the two new livesborne from us who loved bestthe eensy green almost unfish. . .For me for a long timenot the minnows matteredbut the pattern after: miraculousI didn't thinkto think: all those mite-eyes and animate instantsanswering at once to my needand to nothingas if my very nerves workedin finally a saving senseSomething in us t [...]


    4. While the beginning of the book (maybe the first dozen poems or so) had me worried that "Every Riven Thing" was an unusual poetic achievement for Wiman, the work very quickly returned to his powerful and intriguing command of language and form. There are several standouts, but it felt as though each poem built on the energy of those before it, culminating in the third section of the book, More Like The Stars, with poems that are the most challenging and most distinct in the volume. Wiman's exper [...]


    5. Structurally interesting? Is that a compliment?Many years ago, I had this idea that it could be interesting to compose a piece of writing based on the flow of sound rather than flow of meaning - and that's kind of what Wiman does here with his bridging of word boundaries. Now I know that, while a cool idea, it's not particularly fun to read.More concisely, Wiman's poetry "babbles".I'm not going to say his work isn't shelf-worthy - indeed, it's best enjoyed picking it up and reading a selection f [...]


    6. First, I'm very grateful for the academic calendar, which remains the sanest, most humane work-leisure balance of any profession I know of, and which provided ample time for an end-of-year book cramming. Second, this collection slays, in 2017 parlance. It's like taking that sublime sequence of West Texas faces and Bardem's priest's ministry from Malick's To The Wonder and diving into it for a book-length treatment. Language cut to the quick, images that linger (the sparks of the El, the repeated [...]


    7. "Christ's ever unhearable/and thus always too bearable/scream."Five stars because: Wiman. So good. So fresh and unmistakable. His delight in neologisms and reckoning with death and faith will always leave me in raptures. I think I liked this less than "Every Riven Thing," perhaps because I do not have any knowledge of or affection for Texas (or the idea of Texas), but it's excellent all the same. Recommended.


    8. Six stars. Seven. A poet is brought to the brink of death by a ferocious cancer. He lives through it and chronicles, in verse and stanzas, not just the pain, but a love that he found worth living far. This book of poems is life.



    9. I don't read much contemporary poetry, but if this is any indication of the beauty that is out there I definitely should start. Wiman's poems are evocative and emotional and spiritual and sometimes I can't quite place my finger on why, but I feel something powerful. There's at moments a welding of the crass and vulgar with the sacred that might strike some as insensitive (or blasphemous), but that signaled a grounded, complex spirituality to me. There's a lot here to dig into more fully and I'm [...]



    10. Wiman's new collection is absolutely fantastic. Between this set of poems, Every Riven Thing, and My Bright Abyss, his essay about modern spirituality, Wiman has quickly become one of my favorite writers and thinkers.I've read somewhere that the greatest compliment an artist can give another is to say "I wish I'd written that." Such a wish is certainly true of so many of Wiman's poems in this book. The hallmarks of Wiman's style in these poems is his play with word sound in the form of rhyme and [...]


    11. I don't think I can review this after just one reading. It's still ringing in my ears But I'll say this: Where it is brilliant, it is jaw-droppingly so. It begs to be read aloud and I'd like to make a list of all the awesome blended words he creates in this collection. Just fantastic stuff. But then there were poems that were too mysterious and modern and did the kinds of things that people hate poetry for doing. I felt a little left in the dust on some poems. But that is likely my own fault. Bu [...]


    12. Not long ago I reviewed a book of poetry and told how I liked the subject matter but bemoaned the fact that the poetry had no rhythm and was difficult to read. This book of poetry reversed that opinion. This book was a joy to read because there was beautiful rhythm and the words rolled off the tongue with pleasure. However I found the ideas the author wanted to convey by and large incomprehensible. Yes I did understand and enjoy a few poems but the majority did not mean anything to me.


    13. Like Wiman's recent essays, these poems are dense, rich, and deserving of more attention than I can muster most nights. They stare at mortality and despair like spidering cracks in the windshield.One of my favorites, "Even the Demon," begins, "It takes a real cow / to bite beyond / the prickly pear's / sharp spokes." I like that. Strange fruit encased in sharp spokes. It takes a real cow.


    14. Wiman is n essayist and poet of the highest order. I can remember clearly his talk at Christ Episcopal in Charlottesville last year and can see so much of his new language of faith in this collection. A wonderful way to spend an hour, and then start again.


    15. I was a little bit disappointed, after having read Every Riven Thing, which I really enjoyed, this one is just not quite as striking.



    16. I wanted to like this more than I did. Because I love Wiman's prose unabashedly, I expect the same experience from his poetry. I found the poems meaningful and well done, but didn't connect with them. I found the the ideas . . . not plumbed in the depth I was looking for. Perhaps, I need to try more of his work to first develop a sense of what he's doing, then come back and look at these again. Because I'm a fan I suspect that 'its me, not you' and want to try these again sometime.


    17. This collection of poems is a searing theodicy ("seeking to justify the ways of God to man"), and Wiman so intimately understands the problem of pain that faith seems small in comparison. Tough to read; worthwhile.




    18. I need to ponder more on Once in the West. I'll read it again and re-evaluate. I would recommend this as a modern collection of poetry. 3.7 is my initial rating


    19. My fondness for Wiman's work continues to increase having read this most recent collection of his poetry. Woven through these poems I find Wiman wrestling with his west Texas upbringing, his cancer diagnosis and treatment, and his understanding of God. Wiman finds no pat answers, usually content to highlight the continuing sense of disjunction and difficulty that plagues him. That said, amidst what thus far sounds like a pretty dark collection of poems, Wiman sprinkles humor, beauty, faith, hope [...]


    20. Read it aloud."When heaven fears its secrets will be toldit tells them to the least and the lost of us:"or"stabdazzling darkness,icequiet:"and"Here, have a verse for your wife's death.Here, have a death for your life's curse.I tell you some Sundays even the children's sermon--maybe especially this--sharks your gutlike a bite of tin some beer-guzzling goat either drunkenly or mistakenly decides to sample.I know what you're thinking. Christ's in this.He'll get to it, the old cunner, somewhere some [...]


    21. Read it aloud."When heaven fears its secrets will be toldit tells them to the least and the lost of us:"or"stabdazzling darkness,icequiet:"and"Here, have a verse for your wife's death.Here, have a death for your life's curse.I tell you some Sundays even the children's sermon--maybe especially this--sharks your gutlike a bite of tin some beer-guzzling goat either drunkenly or mistakenly decides to sample.I know what you're thinking. Christ's in this.He'll get to it, the old cunner, somewhere some [...]


    22. Wartime TrainBone-men, smoke-souls, river-wraiths,I am, I know, no lightbut the light of timepassing.These sparks that speakdeparture, that make the cold nightcolder: this cry I am insideis not mine.What use to beat my hands against the glass?That the past might pass?The instant teems meaning,and meanness,like ants in sweets.Down the river, darkness embodiedbobs up and downlike a ship shaped by a childor incompetent godOr an earthso up-rupturedeven the mountainsare migratory.


    23. I really liked this collection of poems. I liked the later ones in the book best. His poems that grapple most clearly with faith are particularly helpful and challenging. This is the second collection of his I have read and I think this one is a stronger collection. Like most poetry I’ll have to let it sit with me for awhile! His use of metaphor and language and rhythm is very helpful as I work on my own (non poetry) writing.


    24. 4.5 starsFavorites:Tell MeRustBlack DiamondWe LivedRest HomeLove’s LastUnder the heavenedMy Stop is GrandWartime TrainSelf-Portrait, with Preacher, Pain, and SnowThe RiverComing into the KingdomBetweenVarieties of QuietWhat rest in faithSomething us suffering touches


    25. A so-far survivor of one of the rarest of cancers, Wiman confronts the themes of despair, pain, death, love and faith from the inside out. His thinking and writing are so intelligent, subtle and beautiful that I have to read and re-read him at a snail's pace. Remarkably, the insights he comes to through his art throw light on the lives of us whose suffering is only ordinary.


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