It is almost misleading to refer to Mark Jarman as the leading Christian poet in the United States: the designation suggests a narrowness of stylistic range, a predictability of subject matter, and a commitment to doctrinal conformity. In fact Jarman has composed masterful poems—both lyric and narrative—that suggest little or no interest in religion. Moreover, even his most explicitly Christian poems are marked by a consistently surprising temperament that Jarman himself describes as heterodox. Nevertheless, since the appearance of

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in 1997, Jarman's poems have focused intensely on matters of belief and disbelief, and on the mysteries of love and suffering. Because he has created a body of poetry that is both authentically Christian and of its time, the…

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Citation: Thompson, William. "Mark Jarman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2006 [, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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