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Publisher Comments:

“To read this book is to be reminded of how many major poems have their root in prayer.”—Grace Schulman

“The thirty prose poems that make up Epistles are as compellingly modern in their form as they are timeless in their quest for spiritual truths amid radical doubts.”—David Lehman

These are compellingly modern prose poems in the style of Paul’s Letters to the Corinthians.

Mark Jarman’s book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets’ Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award. Jarman is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Review:

"Known in the 1980s as a New Formalist — a crusader for traditional rhymes and meters — the prolific and thoughtful Jarman now attracts more attention as a poet of Christian belief. That belief, its relevance to everyday life, and its implications for a literary style become the constant topic for this set of 30 gentle prose poems, their interests and occasionally their phrasings taken from the Epistles of St. Paul. Jarman searches for connections between the next world and the one all around us, between the ideas he pursues and the life he sees: 'There is no formula for bliss,' he says early on, 'yet why not pretend there is?' Welcoming paragraphs and insistent sentences all but invite readers to pray along with Jarman, or at least they make clear what he derives from prayer: 'at the meeting, the assembly of the lost where we are heading, our heaven will be desert distance, dunes of self-denial.' Anxious (and well-informed) about modern science, always personal if rarely autobiographical, Jarman may imagine this volume not only as a book of prose poetry, but as a meditative religious aid; 'the objects of God's love,' he concludes, 'are more numerous than we can ever hope to accept.' Whatever its fate as contemporary poetry, this heartfelt volume could find a substantial following among readers who seek intelligent short essays about their faith." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The ninth poetry collection from the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winner.

Synopsis:

"To read this book is to be reminded of how many major poems have their root in prayer."-Grace Schulman

"The thirty prose poems that make up Epistlesare as compellingly modern in their form as they are timeless in their quest for spiritual truths amid radical doubts."-David Lehman

These are compellingly modern prose poems in the style of Paul's Letters to the Corinthians.

Mark Jarman's book The Black Rivierawon the 1991 Poets'Prize. Questions for Ecclesiasteswas a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award. Jarman is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781932511536
Author:
Jarman, Mark
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Religious poetry, american
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 0.5 in 12 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Known in the 1980s as a New Formalist — a crusader for traditional rhymes and meters — the prolific and thoughtful Jarman now attracts more attention as a poet of Christian belief. That belief, its relevance to everyday life, and its implications for a literary style become the constant topic for this set of 30 gentle prose poems, their interests and occasionally their phrasings taken from the Epistles of St. Paul. Jarman searches for connections between the next world and the one all around us, between the ideas he pursues and the life he sees: 'There is no formula for bliss,' he says early on, 'yet why not pretend there is?' Welcoming paragraphs and insistent sentences all but invite readers to pray along with Jarman, or at least they make clear what he derives from prayer: 'at the meeting, the assembly of the lost where we are heading, our heaven will be desert distance, dunes of self-denial.' Anxious (and well-informed) about modern science, always personal if rarely autobiographical, Jarman may imagine this volume not only as a book of prose poetry, but as a meditative religious aid; 'the objects of God's love,' he concludes, 'are more numerous than we can ever hope to accept.' Whatever its fate as contemporary poetry, this heartfelt volume could find a substantial following among readers who seek intelligent short essays about their faith." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The ninth poetry collection from the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winner.
"Synopsis" by , "To read this book is to be reminded of how many major poems have their root in prayer."-Grace Schulman

"The thirty prose poems that make up Epistlesare as compellingly modern in their form as they are timeless in their quest for spiritual truths amid radical doubts."-David Lehman

These are compellingly modern prose poems in the style of Paul's Letters to the Corinthians.

Mark Jarman's book The Black Rivierawon the 1991 Poets'Prize. Questions for Ecclesiasteswas a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award. Jarman is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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