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Author: JARMAN, MARK
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Jarman, Mark    Poet's Biography
56 poems available by this author


A.M. FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Night’s afterbirth, last dream before waking
Last Line: And knew. And switched the light on. Wide awake
Subject(s): Fog; Religion; Haze; Theology


AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: To lie in your child’s bed when she is gone
Last Line: Who finds you here and lies down by your side
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


AS CLOSE AS BREATHING    Poem Text    
First Line: He flicker doesn't know his call's not needed
Last Line: "everything says back, ""I am present, too."
Subject(s): God


BAD GIRL SINGING    Poem Text    
First Line: She took her roommate's cash
Last Line: But we yielded to her song
Subject(s): Cheating; Singing & Singers; Songs


BULGARIAN ICON OF THE LAST SUPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: If they saw around his head and theirs the halo
Last Line: As if to say: “just as you can eat at your house. Any night”
Subject(s): Last Supper, The


BUTTERFLIES UNDER PERSIMMON    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard a woman
Last Line: And wished I could be like that
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Desire; Envy


CHIMNEY SWIFTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Throughout the winter, we once believed, they hid
Subject(s): Nature


DAYS OF '74    Poem Text    
First Line: What was the future then but affirmation
Last Line: To that first word repeated all night long
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Love - Erotic; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN AND HELL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The wave breaks
Last Line: Don’t know what to say
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


DIALECT    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't remember the air, the light, the voices
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


DISPATCHES FROM DEVEREUX SLOUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Highwayman of the air, coal-headed, darting
Last Line: And our paired silhouettes are waiting for us
Subject(s): Birds


DRESSING MY DAUGHTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: One girl a full head taller
Last Line: They cry, “it’s not my fault.”
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Clothing & Dress


EASY SERMON    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Sermons are easy
Last Line: When the highest powers fall
Subject(s): Sermons; World Trade Center Tragedy (9/11/2001); New York City - Terrorist Attack, 9/11


FIVE PSALMS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Let us think of god as a lover
Last Line: Let us be faithful in another
Subject(s): God; Relationships


FOR THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you wake up, raising the film over your eyes, in a hollow of boughs or bark,
Last Line: Letters like this one are written, it is because we are
Subject(s): Birds


FROM ANOTHER PLANET    Poem Text    
First Line: Life here supports happiness as we know it
Last Line: Your sun, a pa;e heartbeat, is our pole star
Subject(s): Life


GOODBYE TO A POLTERGEIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Like an empty socket alone
Last Line: And sink like ribbons, absorbed by the air
Subject(s): Solitude


GROUND SWELL    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen,
Last Line: Where things began to happen and I knew it
Subject(s): Teenagers; Sports; Surfing


GROUND SWELL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Is nothing real but when I was fifteen
Subject(s): Sports; Surfing


IF I WERE PAUL    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider how you were made.
Last Line: Having read it, you will know that it contains my blessing
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


INTERESTING TIMES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Everything’s happening on the cusp of tragedy, the tip of comedy, the pivot of event
Last Line: Everyone in a minute will be somewhere else entirely. As the crow flies
Subject(s): Life; Iraq War (2003-2011)


JEFFERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: To raise a stump of rock into a tower, rolling a stone / in place as the years pass.
Last Line: Loved ones reappear, and you will sleep
Subject(s): Jeffers, Robinson (1887-1962)


LOS ANGELES    Poem Text    
First Line: In that city we were perfect
Subject(s): Cities; Los Angeles; Urban Life


MY PARENTS HAVE COME HOME LAUGHING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
Last Line: That seems not to be pain, and it comforts me
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


OBLIVION    Poem Text    
First Line: While I was under
Last Line: The same room you left
Subject(s): Time


QUESTIONS FOR ECCLESIASTES    Poem Text    
First Line: What if on a foggy night in a beachtown, a night when the pacific leans close
Subject(s): Loss; Moving & Movers; Refugees; United States - Immigration & Emigtration


SHYNESS OF THE MUSE IN AN ALMOND ORCHARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The gray-green husks are opening. The wasps
Last Line: But not that I was here, that he was lonely
Subject(s): Farm Life; Solitude; Agriculture; Farmers


SKIN CANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Balmy overcast nights of late september
Subject(s): Cancer (Disease); Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


SPELL FOR ENCANTO CREEK    Poem Text    
First Line: Tall blades of tufted grasses, keep on flowing.
Last Line: Keep them returning, keep them coming back
Subject(s): Nature


THE BLACK RIVIERA    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: There they are again. It's after dark.
Last Line: So insular, so quiet, it enters the earth
Subject(s): Youth; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: The children are hiding among the raspberry canes.
Last Line: Veiled and humming, soon enough
Subject(s): Childreb; Nature


THE DESIRE OF WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Caught and composed, motionless blue, behind
Last Line: Rise toward the dam's lip too much for flood gates
Subject(s): Dams


THE HOMING INSTINCT    Poem Text    
First Line: There we see him, driving
Subject(s): Cities; Urban Life


THE SAME CLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: You have it in oregon
Last Line: Gigantic , immoveable
Subject(s): Time


THE SUPREMES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In ball's market after surfing till noon
Subject(s): Music, Rock; Supremes, The (Singing Group); Rock & Roll


THEY SAW THE PROBLEM    Poem Text    
First Line: How do you turn into a flower of the field,
Last Line: More than a lifetime to construct that airport
Subject(s): Flowers


THIS WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It could have happened this way
Last Line: The warm night enters
Subject(s): Male-female Relationships


THOUGH WE NO LONGER POSSESS IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you know me, my body at least
Last Line: Though we no longer possess it
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


TO THE POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: I don't want to get that far, only to where
Last Line: Let's let it keep coming
Subject(s): Relationships


TRANSFIGURATION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They were talking to him about resurrection, about law,
Last Line: He was transfigured by resistance, as he listened, / and they talked


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: After the praying, after the hymn-singing
Last Line: Intact. There is still murder in your heart
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Breath like a house fly batters the shut mouth
Last Line: How good it is to come back from the dead!
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Ray's body lies below a slab that states
Last Line: To end the thing that he'd begun to say
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Future Life; Coffins; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a law outside the daily racket,
Last Line: The law inside the law inside the law
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Think of the harsh attire that god put on
Last Line: Breathed in the comfort of a private van
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): God


UNHOLY SONNET    Poem Text    
First Line: Please be the driver bearing down behind
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7


UNHOLY SONNET 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear god, our heavenly father, gracious lord
Last Line: Solve nothing but the problems that I set
Subject(s): God


UNHOLY SONNET 11    Poem Text    
First Line: Half asleep in prayer I said the right thing
Last Line: Once was enough to be dissatisfied
Subject(s): Religion; Prayer; Theology


UNHOLY SONNET 13    Poem Text    
First Line: Drunk on the umbrian hills at dusk and drunk
Last Line: Our bodies, bread, a sharp umbrian wine
Subject(s): God; Nature


UNHOLY SONNET 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Amazing to believe that nothingness
Last Line: Itself in absence, which the stars adore
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


UNHOLY SONNET: 20    Poem Text    
First Line: One model asks another, 'what do you eat?'
Last Line: Eating down to the perfume of your wrist
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Resurrection, The; Jesus Christ


UNHOLY SONNET: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: Nothing but pleasure in the bottle's voice
Last Line: As butter and olive oil, only pleasure watches
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Pleasure; Food & Eating; Wine


UNHOLY SONNET: 44    Poem Text    
First Line: The gift for all our waking in this life
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7


UNHOLY SONNET: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone is always praying as the plane
Last Line: As butter and olive oil, only pleasure watches
Variant Title(s): Sonnet: 7
Subject(s): Prayer


WAVE       
First Line: Always offshore, or already broken, gone
Subject(s): Nature; Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


WHEN I LOOK AT THE DATES OF ARTISTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I look at the dates of artists who died before my age
Last Line: I was the homebody, tethered to my spiral notebook, alarmed by experience
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Time