Goaded by Doubt

My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer

Christian Wiman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24, 192 pp.

Modern poetry, like all modern intellectual endeavors, seems to be primarily an arena of religious disbelief, its practitioners too educated, too sophisticated, and too modern either to seek or to offer meaning in the faith that sustains much of the world. Christian Wiman shared this modern intellectual disdain when he became the editor of Poetry, the foremost magazine of modern poetry in America. Wiman’s evangelical Baptist upbringing in rural Texas had long been left...

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Paul K. Johnston teaches American literature at SUNY Plattsburgh.