Mark Doty

(10 August 1953 / Maryville, Tennessee)

Mark Doty Poems

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

Comments about Mark Doty

  • Claire Marrone (11/9/2015 12:03:00 PM)

    In Two Seconds, poem by Mark Doty published in Buffalo N.Y. Sunday morning newspaper.
    This comes to thank Mr. Doty for this most moving poem. He has said what needed to be said. Said it
    beautifully, profoundly. Taught us.

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  • Jeanne Fiedler (11/6/2011 8:03:00 AM)

    I am looking forward to reading Mark Doty's new book, 'Paragon Park.' I also just bought Paul Lisecky's book, 'The Burning House.'
    These two, I feel, are remarkable talents.

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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The Ancient World

Today the Masons are auctioning
their discarded pomp: a trunk of turbans,
gemmed and ostrich-plumed, and operetta costumes
labeled inside the collar "Potentate"
and "Vizier." Here their chairs, blazoned
with the Masons' sign, huddled
like convalescents, lean against one another

on the grass. In a casket are rhinestoned poles

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