Seven years ago, Texas-born poet Christian Wiman learned he had cancer — a rare and unpredictable blood cancer, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, for which there is no known cure. Wiman received the initial diagnosis during the first year of his marriage … on his 39th birthday … over the phone … while at work … over voicemail.
“Isn’t that amazing?” says Wiman, still humbled by the coldness of it all. “My doctor left the message on a Thursday … and then I couldn’t reach him! … I couldn’t get back to him till Monday. All I knew was that he’d told me I had lymphoma. But that’s a pretty broad diagnosis.”
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Christian Wiman will read, discuss and sign his work at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos. He’ll be at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle at 7:30 p.m. Friday.