To the Green Man: Poems

To the Green Man: Poems

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by Mark Jarman

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Eighth collection by master of the narrative poem and editor of The Reaper.See more details below


Eighth collection by master of the narrative poem and editor of The Reaper.

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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.

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