Robert Vivian

Works

Mystery My Country
This is my first book of what I call dervish essays or prose poems, which were inspired by repeated trips to Turkey and the life-changing exposure to Rumi.

Traversings
The poet Richard Jackson and I have collaborated on this book since the fall of last year. I'm grateful to Anchor & Plume for wanting to publish it in the spring on next spring--and I'm grateful/humbled/overjoyed to have written this with a poet like Rick.


This is a book of dervish essays--or prose poems. It will be published by Anchor & Plume in the spring of 2016.

Another Burning Kingdom
"The three haunted voices of Robert Vivian's Another Burning Kingdom tell individual tales of interweaving fates that also etch a portrait of America's forgotten ones. Vivian's visionary trilogy of novels is brought to stunning conclusion here, capping an original achievement in American fiction, offering both apocalyptic revelation and possible redemption." Philip Graham, author of How To Read an Unwritten Language

Lamb Bright Saviors
Lamb Bright Saviors begins as an apocalyptically inclined itinerant preacher staggers across the Nebraska prairie. With his young assistant Mady in town hauling a wagon stacked with bibles, it's not long before the preacher finds he's come to the final fulfillment of his self-proclaimed life's work: to die in front of a group of strangers.

The Least Cricket Of Evening
In the tradition of the meditative essay, the writing of Robert Vivian begins with the mundane moment and, though the delicate workings of curiosity, contemplation, and inspiration, reveals unsuspected meaning.

The Mover Of Bones
Defiler, redeemer, sinner, or saint—Breedlove is the stuff myths are made of, and The Mover Of Bones, the first of a planned trilogy of novels by the remarkably gifted Robert Vivian, evokes a collective dream of the heartland.

Cold Snap As Yearning

poetry
collection of dervish essays (new kind of prose poem)
co-written with the poet Richard Jackson
Very brief description goes here
Fiction
In this third and final volume of the trilogy, Vivian weaves the voices of Lem, Jackson, and Lem's estranged wife, Lissa, into an American triptych of longing, remembering, and innocence--of hopes almost fulfilled and inevitably disappointed--as we race to Jackson's reckoning with history that must have its day.
“Robert Vivian’s prose is lyrical and harrowing—harrowing in the Biblical sense.”
Nonfiction
“Robert Vivian is one of the finest, most lyrical essayists of his time.”
–Sue William Silverman

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