Into the Instant’s Bliss

Selected by Dan Clendenin

Christian Wiman (b. 1966)

Into The Instant’s Bliss

Into the instant’s bliss never came one soul
Whose soul was not possessed by Christ,
Even in the eons Christ was not.

And still: some who cry the name of Christ
Live more remote from love
Than some who cry to a void they cannot name.

— After Dante

From Once in the West: Poems (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014).

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