Poet Christian Wiman stopped writing poetry for almost three years. The break intensified, after a cancer diagnosis, its subsequent hospitalizations, surgeries and a bone marrow transplant.
"I had gone for years without writing before I got sick, so it seems like the illness jarred me into writing. That's true and not true, because I had several other dramatic things that happened in my life at that time, including falling in love with the woman that is now my wife," he observed.
"If you can give shape to despair -- that's one thing poetry is so good at -- if you can give shape to despair, it can give you a way to manage that despair even if it doesn't ameliorate it," Wiman said.
He broke his years of silence on the page with this poem revolving around “a kind of an Old Testament word meaning broken, sundered, torn apart.” The word? Riven.
Here is his return to poetry:
“Every Riven Thing”
goes, belonging to every riven thing he’s made
goes. Belonging, to every riven thing he’s made,
goes belonging. To every riven thing he’s made
goes belonging to every riven thing. He’s made
God goes belonging to every riven thing he’s made.
 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2010/11/poet-christian-wimans-every-riven-thing.html accessed 21 May 2012.
 “Every Riven Thing” is from the book Every Riven Thing by Christian Wiman. Copyright © 2010.
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