Joy: 100 Poems

November 7, 2017|
Joy: 100 Poems by Christian Wiman
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One hundred of the most evocative modern poems on joy, selected by an award-winning contemporary poet

“Bursting with energy and surprising locutions. . . . Even the most familiar poets seem somehow new within the context of Joy.”—David Skeel, Wall Street Journal
 
“Wiman takes readers through the ostensible ordinariness of life and reveals the extraordinary.”—Adrianna Smith, The Atlantic
 
Christian Wiman, a poet known for his meditations on mortality, has long been fascinated by joy and by its relative absence in modern literature. Why is joy so resistant to language? How has it become so suspect in our times? Manipulated by advertisers, religious leaders, and politicians, joy can seem disquieting, even offensive. How does one speak of joy amid such ubiquitous injustice and suffering in the world?

In this revelatory anthology, Wiman takes readers on a profound and surprising journey through some of the most underexplored terrain in contemporary life. Rather than define joy for readers, he wants them to experience it. Ranging from Emily Dickinson to Mahmoud Darwish and from Sylvia Plath to Wendell Berry, he brings together diverse and provocative works as a kind of counter to the old, modernist maxim “light writes white”—no agony, no art. His rich selections awaken us to the essential role joy plays in human life.
Christian Wiman is the author of numerous books, including My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. He is professor of the practice of religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
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Title:Joy: 100 Poems
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:232 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:232 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.98 in
Published:November 7, 2017
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300226089

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