Unholy Sonnet 13

By Mark Jarman b. 1952 Mark Jarman
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,   
Far from home and wanting this forever—
Who needed God? We had our bodies, bread,   
And glasses of a raw, green, local wine,
And watched our Godless perfect darkness breed   
Enormous softly burning ancient stars.
Who needed God? And why do I ask now?   
Because I’m older and I think God stirs
In details that keep bringing back that time,   
Details that are just as vivid now—
Our bodies, bread, a sharp Umbrian wine.

Mark Jarman, “Unholy Sonnet 13” from Questions for Ecclesiastes. Copyright © 1997 by Mark Jarman. Reprinted with the permission of the author and Story Line Press, www.storylinepress.com.

Source: Questions for Ecclesiastes (Story Line Press, 1997)

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Considered a key figure in both New Narrative and New Formalism, Mark Jarman has exerted a significant influence on contemporary American poetry. In the 1980s, with Robert McDowell, Jarman founded and edited the Reaper, a magazine devoted to reclaiming and promoting poetry that emphasized story and image. Controversially warning "Navel gazers and mannerists” that “their time is running out,” the magazine sought to reestablish . . .

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