To the Green Man: Poems

To the Green Man: Poems

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by Mark Jarman
     
 

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This collection leaps into the dangerous currents where poetry and reli-gion meet, and enlivens the lexicon of traditional American Christian belief by testing its doctrines and language against contemporary experience.

"Beyond the wonderful music of his lines . . . , what makes To the Green Man such an important and memor-able book is its enactment of a

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This collection leaps into the dangerous currents where poetry and reli-gion meet, and enlivens the lexicon of traditional American Christian belief by testing its doctrines and language against contemporary experience.

"Beyond the wonderful music of his lines . . . , what makes To the Green Man such an important and memor-able book is its enactment of a spiritual struggle to be at once at home in the world and astonished by it."—Alan Shapiro

Mark Jarman is a professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. His book The Black Riviera won the Poets’ Prize, and Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

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Library Journal
Jarman's new collection is all about faith, which he links to the twin vocations of art and family as he moves from a quaint local legend ("the Green Man") to nature (the regard of a fox) to an unlikely family story (the bloody ghost that visited the speaker's grandfather). Whether he's writing about Hart Crane or a seventh-century Chinese vase, he explores doubt and belief (a kind of art) as a movement toward ecstasy. But instead of allowing the poems to become breathy, esoteric, or precious, the author steers close to the ordinary. In most poems, grounded in the everyday and salvaged by a loyalty to the conversational, there is a seamless blend of high and low art. "Song of Roland" alternates between the epic knight and the speaker's oafish cousin, Roland; the first line of "Prayer for Our Daughters" reads "May they never be lonely at parties." These wryly ecstatic poems will be accessible to the initiated and the uninitiated alike. Recommended for all libraries.-Joel Whitney, New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932511031
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Mark Jarman is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently To the Green Man, published by Sarabande. His book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets' Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award and won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

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To the Green Man: Poems 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These new poems by Jarman succeed at nothing less than guiding us in important ways to open more fully to the life-force energy that is all around us. At times, reading his poems, I feel I may be achieving that much desired constant tremoring that is a deep Tantric goal.