The Rareness of Poetry: On Christian Wiman

Adam Kirsch

Winter 2017

Literary awards, when you really think about them, are paradoxical things. It is customary for the recipient of an award to say that he or she is grateful for it. At the same time, however, the award itself is an expression of gratitude, a way of recognizing how thankful we are for the work being honored.

Adam Kirsch is the author of Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander (Other Press, 2015) and other books of poetry and criticism.

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