“I learned to look outward more”

April 19, 2014 | 1

“There are dangers for an artist in any academic environment,” says former Poetry editor Christian Wiman, who now teaches at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. “Academia rewards people who know their own minds and have developed an ironclad confidence in speaking them. That kind of assurance is death for an artist.”

works on special projects for The Millions. He lives in Baltimore and he frequents dive bars. His interests can be followed on his Tumblr, Nick Recommends and Twitter, @nemoran3.

One comment:

  1. I just had this conversation, though I think this statement is a bit simplified. That ironclad assurance in the short term can lead to positive results. The problem is the social necessity of this assurance. Artists must seem certain at all times in order to maximize investment, which can be dangerous in retrospect and to the community as a whole.

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