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Title:School of the Arts
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Mark Doty
Publisher:Harper Perennial
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Number of Pages:128
Category:Poetry, Queer, Glbt

School of the Arts by Mark Doty

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC School of the Arts With em School of the Arts em Mark Doty s darkly graceful seventh collection the poet reinvents his own voice at midlife finding his way through a troubled passage At once witty and disconsolate formally inventive acutely attentive insistently alive this is a book of fierce vulnerability that explores the ways in which we are educated by the implacable powers of time and desire in a world that constantly renews itself

Dog Years

Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner he finds himself bringing home Beau a large golden retriever malnourished and in need of loving care Beau joins Arden the black retriever to complete their family As Beau bounds back into life the two dogs become Mark Doty s intimate companions his solace and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days Their tenacity loyalty and love inspire him when all else fails br br em Dog Years em is a remarkable work a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life love and loss Mark Doty writes about the heart wrenching vulnerability of dogs the positive energy and joy they bring and the gift they bear us of unconditional love A book unlike any other Mark Doty s surprising meditation is radiantly unsentimental yet profoundly affecting Beautifully written em Dog Years em is a classic in the making

Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy

Although at first glance this slim volume appears to be a quick read it should be lingered over and reread to uncover the full depth of its beauty and insight Combining memoir with artistic and philosophical musings the poet and National Book Critics Circle Award winner for My Alexandria begins by confessing his obsession with the th century Dutch still life that serves as the title of this book As he analyzes the items depicted in the painting he skillfully introduces his thoughts on our intimate relationships to objects and subsequently explains how they are often inextricably bound to the people and places of an individual lifetime Further defined by imperfections attained from use each object from an aging oak table to a chipped blue and white china platter forms a springboard for reflection Doty intersperses personal reminiscences throughout but he always returns to the subject of still life painting and its silent eloquence Doty s observations on balance grief beauty space love and time are imparted with wisdom and poetic grace br br br Books like this that address the sources of creation and the sources of our humanness come along once in a decade Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times br br This small book is as wise sensitive intense and affecting as anything I have read in recent years Doris Grumbach author of Fifty Days of Solitude br br A gem Library Journal br br Mark Doty s prose is insistently exploratory yet every aside every detour turns into pertinence and it all seems effortless as though the author were wondering and marveling aloud Bernard Cooper author of Truth Serum br br A dazzling accomplishment its radiance bred of lucid attention and acute insight The subject is the profoundly personal act of perception translated into description Doty succeeds in rendering this most contemplative of arts the still life into a riveting drama Patricia Hampl author of I Could Tell You Stories

My Alexandria

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The poignant accomplished new collection of poetry from the author of em My Alexandria em winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Los Angeles Times Book Award National Book Award Finalist

Heaven's Coast: A Memoir

The year is and Mark Doty s life has reached a state of enviable equilibrium His reputation as a poet of formidable talent is growing he enjoys his work as a college professor and perhaps most importantly he is deeply in love with his partner of many years Wally Roberts The harmonious existence these two men share is shattered however when they learn that Wally has tested positive for the HIV virus From diagnosis to the initial signs of deterioration to the heartbreaking hour when Wally is released from his body s ruined vessel em Heaven s Coast em is an intimate chronicle of love its hardships and its innumerable gifts We witness Doty s passage through the deepest phase of grief letting his lover go while keeping him firmly alive in memory and heart and eventually beyond to the slow reawakening of the possibilities of pleasure Part memoir part journal part elegy for a life of rare communication and beauty em Heaven s Coast em evinces the same stunning honesty resplendent descriptive power and rapt attention to the physical landscape that has won Doty s poetry such attention and acclaim

Fire to Fire

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The Art of Description: World into Word

It sounds like a simple thing to say what you see Mark Doty begins But try to find words for the shades of a mottled sassafras leaf or the reflectivity of a bay on an August morning or the very beginnings of desire stirring in the gaze of someone looking right into your eyes Doty finds refuge in the sensory experience found in poems by Blake Whitman Bishop and others i The Art of Description i is an invaluable book by one of America s most revered writers and teachers

Sweet Machine

Mark Doty s last two award winning collections of poetry as well as his acclaimed memoir em Heaven s Coast em used the devastation of AIDS as a lens through which to consider questions of loss love and identity The poems in his new collection em Sweet Machine em see the world from a new hard won perspective A coming back to life after so much death a way of seeing the body s sweet machine not simply as a time bomb but also as a vibrant sensual living thing These poems are themselves sweet machines lyrical exuberant and joyous and they mark yet another milestone in the extraordinary career of one of our most distinguished and accomplished poets


In em Firebird em Mark Doty tells the story of a ten year old in a top hat cane and red chiffon scarf interrupted while belting out Judy Garland s Get Happy by his alarmed mother at the bedroom door exclaiming Son you re a boy br br em Firebird em presents us with a heroic little boy who has quite enough worries without discovering that his dawning sexuality is the Wrong One A self confessed chubby smart bookish sissy with glasses and a Southern accent Doty grew up on the move the family following his father s engineering work across America from Tennessee to Arizona Florida to California A lyrical heartbreaking comedy of one family s dissolution through the corrosive powers of alcohol sorrow and thwarted desire em Firebird em is also a wry evocation of childhood s pleasures and terrors a comic tour of American suburban life and a testament to the transformative power of art


This bold wide ranging collection his sixth book of poems demonstrates the unmistakable lyricism fierce observation and force of feeling that have made Mark Doty s poems special to readers on both sides of the Atlantic br br The poems in em Source em deepen Doty s exploration of the paradox of selfhood They offer a complex boldly colored self portrait their muscular lines argue fiercely with the fact of limit they pulse with the drama of perception and the quest to forge meaning

Firebird, The Art of Description: World into Word, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy, Source, Sweet Machine, Atlantis, My Alexandria, Heaven's Coast: A Memoir, Dog Years, Fire to Fire