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Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems

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Best Books of 2011, Kansas City Star

"[Jarman's] poems explore faith in its many manifestations, but there is something here transcendent that speaks to everyone. Highly recommended."—Library Journal

Bone Fires collects work from over thirty years and charts Mark Jarman's spiritual development as he grows from a poet of childhood and nostalgia through adulthood and the strug
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Sarabande Books (first published February 1st 2011)
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Feb 06, 2013 Literary Review The rated it it was amazing
By Peter Gaines

For The Literary Review
Volume 54 "Emo, Meet Hole"

Although praying happens sporadically and without structure at our dinner table,
my wife and I have come to welcome the newly insistent interruptions from our
children—two and four years old—exclaiming: “We haven’t said our prayers.” Last
week, our table talk veered deeper down this path as we explained the way in which
we need to listen to a prayer: we must take into account that it is offered from a
quiet, personal place. We don’t
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Nov 30, 2016 THAT kid rated it really liked it
Christian poetry - that sounds dangerous, does it? And not in the way that it should - when I say dangerous I mean safe: I mean a softened faith, calendars with cherubic blonde children on them; there is a time and a place, but I'd rather encounter such verses on a fridge magnet as a sweet reminder than in a poetry book where I want it to burn.

The thing about Christianity is that the turn-the-cheek narrative has become so common; the thing about it is that so much of the Biblical text has been t
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Jan 20, 2017 Daniel Klawitter rated it really liked it
From Jarman's "Unholy Sonnets" # 10:

Time to admit my altar is a desk.
Time to confess the cross I bear a pen.
My soul, a little like a compact disc,
Slides into place, a laser plays upon
Its surface, and a sentimental mist,
Freaked with the colors of church window glass,
Rides down a shaft of light that smells of must
As music adds a layer of high gloss.
Time to say plainly when I am alone
And waiting for the coming of the ghost
Whose flame-tongue like a blow torch, sharp and lean,
Writes things that no on
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Juliana Gray
Dec 08, 2011 Juliana Gray rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, moving poems of faith and, oddly, surfing. Sometimes together.
Katherine Pershey
Mar 30, 2011 Katherine Pershey rated it it was amazing
New favorite poet.
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Apr 26, 2013 John Orman rated it liked it
These poems are reflections on the nature of spirituality in a secular world. So quite a few musings on the vagaries of humanity and its seemingly futile search for meaning in a chaotic world.
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