#4–Joy: Heartlands Best Reads of 2019


Christian Wiman made the Best Reads last year with his memoir He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, The Faith of Art. It was poetry itself. This year his 2017 collection of poetry itself, Joy: 100 Poems, graces the list. Wiman has a wonderful soul, as we all do and would notice if we just paid attention. Wiman does. He collects a marvelously diverse group of poems here that help us stay with the small moments that have the capacity to open up to the things we desire.

As I noted in my review (which you can read by clicking the title above):

These are days that need joy. And this is a book that will soothe your soul and make you say, ‘Yes,’ (just like Muriel Rukeyser does in her poem of that title.) Even if it’s “stupid and lovely/To rush into Yes.”

Open your eyes,

Dream but don’t guess.

Your biggest surprise

Comes after Yes. (166-7)

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