The Black Riviera

The Black Riviera

by Mark Jarman


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The Black Riviera by Mark Jarman

Winner of the The Poets’ Prize (1990)

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819511720
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1990
Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

The many places in which MARK JARMAN has lived have become settings for his poetry—from Santa Maria and Redondo Beach, California to Kirkcaldy, Scotland, where his minister father served parishes, to the American Midwest and Italy, where he has studied and worked.

Jarman is associate professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and has directed Vanderilt’s program at the University of Leeds in England. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. 1974) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. 1976), he is the author of five other books of poetry, North Sea, The Rote Walker, Far and Away, Iris, and Tonight is the Night of the Prom. Jarman is also coeditor of the literary journal The Reaper. He has received a Joseph Henry Jackson award, an academy of American Poets prize, the Poets’ Prize, a Guggenheim, and three NEA grants, including one in 1983 in support of the poems written for this book.

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