wiman . two

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A continuation from yesterday’s first post of Christian Wiman.
 

PORTION TWO

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“Christ is contingency,” I tell M. as we cross the railroad tracks and walk down the dusty main street of this
little town that is not the town where I was raised but both reassuringly and disconcertingly reminiscent of it:
the ramshackle resiliency of the buildings around the square; Spanish rivering right next to rocklike English,
the two fusing for a moment into a single dialect then splitting again; cowboys with creekbed faces stepping
determinedly out of the convenience store with sky in their eyes and twelve-packs in their arms. I have spent
the past four weeks in solitude, working on these little prose fragments that seem to be the only thing I can
sustain, trying day and night to “figure out” just what it is I believe, a mission made more urgent by the fact
that I have recently been diagnosed with an incurable but unpredictable cancer. How strange it is to be back
in this place, where visible distance is so much a part of things that things acquire a kind of space, an otherness,
a nowhere-ness, as if even the single scrub cedar outside the window where I’m working holds—in its precise
little limbs, its assertive seasonless green—the fact of its absence.
 
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to be continued…
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There is an interview of Christian Wiman  from 2007 at the blog Kaurab Online.
 

5 thoughts on “wiman . two

  1. ramshackle resiliency…

    I reckon we all could use a big dollop of that.

    (I can’t tell how old he is from the image, but he writes from a heart that seems to hold lots o’ wisdom. I’m debating on clicking away and reading ahead… )

    Thanks for sharing this series.

    Blessings.

    1. i was thinking if i just put the link, that it would bee to boring to get any one to click. and if i put the whole thing it would be totally overwhelming and no one would take the time to read it. i thought it worth reading, so i tried to present it in a way that would make it more attractive and palatable. Like having photographs in a recipe book; that always helps me.

      He is such a good writer, and i like stories, so i was totally drawn in too.

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