The Black Riviera

The Black Riviera

by Mark Jarman
     
 

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Yet, these are ultimately poems of survival. Jarman explores the redemptive power of the imagination and the ways in which we transform experience into stories we tell about our lives. His characters vividly express the will to cling to existence and understand it as they pursue the meaning of family, home, identity, and love. Invented memories resurrect a forgotten… See more details below

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Yet, these are ultimately poems of survival. Jarman explores the redemptive power of the imagination and the ways in which we transform experience into stories we tell about our lives. His characters vividly express the will to cling to existence and understand it as they pursue the meaning of family, home, identity, and love. Invented memories resurrect a forgotten past, opening doors of possibility and adding a strange richness to everyday life. “Flowers of the flesh,/ Hung on the cliffs to watch and be watched./ Don’t let me see reproach, don’t let me see it,/ In your eyes. Let me be the only one/ Who knows and tells you.”

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“Mark Jarman’s new collection is one of the best examples of the new narrative’s powers and techniques…Each superb narrative seduces us into a story and then, when we are caught, leads us through levels of perception until we realize that we are always part of what we hear.”—The Hudson Review

“Jarman…weaves a spell of stories only half remembered, an understated intirigue slowly gathering intensity.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

“Mark Jarman is… one of the most thoughtful and adroit poets writing these days, a man with handsome ambitions.”—The Georgia Review

“Jarman is a poet in whose work intelligence is as important, obvious, and strong as emotion.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819511720
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1990
Series:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages:
68
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.16(d)

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David Wojahn
“Mark Jarman’s tales have always been told with resonance, authority, lyric grace, and an almost-Chevokian sympathy for their characters. The Black Riviera is his finest book yet, the sort of volume that can win back for poetry many of the readers it has lost in recent years. Jarman is, simply, one of our best.”
Andrew Hudgins
“The poems both tell fascinating stories and meditate passionately on the nature of storytelling. The range of these poems–geographically, emotionally, poetically–is astonishing”

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