Mark Jarman

(5 June 1952 / Mount Sterling, Kentucky)

Mark Jarman Poems

1. Then Saw The Problem 3/15/2014
2. Spell For Encanto Creek 3/15/2014
3. Canzone 6/25/2014
4. Song of Roland 5/16/2015
5. Dispatches from Devereux Slough 5/22/2015
6. After Disappointment 4/14/2016
7. Tale Of Two Cities 3/15/2014
8. Jeffers 1/20/2003
9. The Supremes 1/20/2003
10. Transfiguration 1/20/2003
11. The Black Riviera 1/20/2003
12. My Parents Have Come Home Laughing 1/20/2003
13. Descriptions Of Heaven And Hell 1/20/2003
14. Ground Swell 1/20/2003
Best Poem of Mark Jarman

Ground Swell

Is nothing real but when I was fifteen,
Going on sixteen, like a corny song?
I see myself so clearly then, and painfully--
Knees bleeding through my usher's uniform
Behind the candy counter in the theater
After a morning's surfing; paddling frantically
To top the brisk outsiders coming to wreck me,
Trundle me clumsily along the beach floor's
Gravel and sand; my knees aching with salt.
Is that all I have to write about?
You write about the life that's vividest.
And if that is your own, that is your subject.
And if the years before and after sixteen
Are ...

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