Mark Doty

(10 August 1953 / Maryville, Tennessee)

Mark Doty Poems

1. Heaven For Stanley 12/8/2014
2. Couture 11/27/2014
3. Verge 11/20/2014
4. Brian Age Seven 9/4/2011
5. Dickeyville Grotto 1/3/2003
6. Metro North 1/3/2003
7. To Bessie Drennan 1/3/2003
8. Description 1/3/2003
9. Favrile 1/3/2003
10. Broadway 1/20/2003
11. Long Point Light 1/3/2003
12. Demolition 1/3/2003
13. A Green Crab's Shell 1/20/2003
14. Turtle, Swan 1/3/2003
15. At The Gym 1/20/2003
16. Atlantis 1/3/2003
17. The Ancient World 1/3/2003
18. A Display Of Mackerel 1/13/2003
19. The Embrace 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Mark Doty

The Embrace

You weren't well or really ill yet either;
just a little tired, your handsomeness
tinged by grief or anticipation, which brought
to your face a thoughtful, deepening grace.

I didn't for a moment doubt you were dead.
I knew that to be true still, even in the dream.
You'd been out--at work maybe?--
having a good day, almost energetic.

We seemed to be moving from some old house
where we'd lived, boxes everywhere, things
in disarray: that was the story of my dream,
but even asleep I was shocked out of the narrative

by your face, the physical fact of ...

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Turtle, Swan

Because the road to our house
is a back road, meadowlands punctuated
by gravel quarry and lumberyard,
there are unexpected travelers
some nights on our way home from work.
Once, on the lawn of the Tool

and Die Company, a swan;
the word doesn't convey the shock

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