The benefit of a book of new and selected poems from what a poet has written over a lifetime is threefold:
You can understand the themes and ideas the poet has grappled with over the course of decades.
And you can grasp how the poet replays and struggles with a few common themes in new, and often very different, ways and how the themes and ideas are viewed from different chronological perspectives.
And so it is with Mark Jarman’s Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems, published in 2011. The volume meets and exceeds all expectations for what a collection like this should be.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.
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