Mark Jarman Poems

Mark Jarman is a contemporary American poet born in 1952. He is the author of several poetry collections, including The Black Riviera and The Heronry. The former was awarded the Poet’s Prize in 1991. He is also won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Frost Fellowship.

Unholy Sonnet 13

by Mark Jarman

‘Unholy Sonnet 13’ appears in the modern American poet Mark Jarman’s award-winning poetry collection Questions for Ecclesiastes (1997). This sonnet is about a matured speaker’s belief in God and the miraculous beauty of nature.

Drunk on the Umbrian hills at dusk and drunk

On one pink cloud that stood beside the moon,

Drunk on the moon, a marble smile, and drunk,

Two young Americans, on one another,

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