Mark Jarman Poems
- Descriptions Of Heaven And Hel... The wave breaks And I'm ...
- Ground Swell Is nothing real but when I was fifteen, Going ...
- My Parents Have Come Home Laug... My parents have come home ...
- The Black Riviera There they are again.It's after dark. The ...
- Transfiguration They were talking to him about resurrection, ...
- The Supremes In Ball's Market after surfing till noon, We ...
- Jeffers To raise a stump of rock into a tower, rolling a ...
Mark F. Jarman is an American poet and critic often identified with the New Narrative branch of the New Formalism; he was co-editor with Robert McDowell of The Reaper throughout the 1980s. Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, he is the author of ten books of poetry, two books of essays, and a book of essays co-authored with Robert McDowell. He co-edited the anthology Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism with David Mason.
Jarman's awards for poetry include a Joseph Henry Jackson Award, three grants from the NEA, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets' Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was... more »
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Descriptions Of Heaven And Hell
The wave breaks
And I'm carried into it.
This is hell, I know,
Yet my father laughs,
Chest-deep, proving I'm wrong.
We're safely rooted,
Rocked on his toes.
Nothing irked him more
Than asking, "What is there
His theory once was
That love greets you,
And the loveless
Don't know what to say.