Mark Jarman-A Poem for Transfiguration Sunday, Year B

The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems for Transfiguration Sunday can be found here)



Mark Jarman

to accompany the lectionary reading: Mark 9:2-9



They were talking to him about resurrection, about law,

about the suffering ahead.

They were talking as if to remind him who he was and

who they were. He was not

Like his three friends watching a little way off, not like

the crowd

At the foot of the hill. A gray-green thunderhead massed

from the sea

And God spoke from it and said he was his. They were


About how the body, broken or burned, could live again,




Mark F. Jarman (born 1952 in Mount Sterling, Kentucky) is an American poet and critic often identified with the New Narrative branch of the New Formalism; he was co-editor with Robert McDowell of The Reaper throughout the 1980s. Centennial Professor of English, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University, he is the author of eleven books of poetry, three books of essays, and a book of essays co-authored with Robert McDowell.  (

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