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Mark Jarman

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Mark Jarman is a professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Epistles, published by Sarabande. His book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets’ Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award and won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.



Wing Beat


The days fly past — loud — but without a word.


September, and the ruby throats are leaving,

Chugging down sugar water for their trip.

They swoop in, warning off everyone from the feeder,

As if starving.

Time is always starving.


And days fly past — loud — but without a word,

In a blur that would bend iron with its song.



 From Volume IV, Issue 2, 2009.