by Mark Doty • from Deep Lane • W.W. Norton
Mark Doty's many honors include the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
"Doty has never ceased searching everywhere for truth and awe, two words that constitute a definition of revelation." (Terrance Hayes)
"Because poetry operates on allusion and symbol, it is frighteningly open-ended. Ambiguity can impel readers to search for what seems concrete, stable, familiar. Reading literally soothes our anxiety about getting it 'wrong'—a worry I've heard a generation of students express—since we take no risk by repeating only what is on the page.
"Thus Elizabeth Bishop's 'One Art' is about Alzheimer's disease because it describes losing 'names' and a 'you' in addition to keys; her poem 'The Fish' is a rousing tall tale of unlikely angling; W. H. Auden's 'Musée des Beaux Art' concerns animal rights and husbandry, since its one 'innocent' equine belongs to a torturer and 'scratches its ... behind on a tree.' Except that this mode of reading is not in fact saying only what is 'there'; it is more a tendency to make up a story over here while the poem itself languishes idly over there, waiting to be engaged."
—Susannah Mintz MORE
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April is here and, as always during Poetry Month and our annual fund drive, we've asked 21 poets (including Tarfia Faizullah, Peter Sirr, Luisa A. Igloria, and Joshua Mehigan, pictured here) to select poems to be delivered to you by e-mail Monday through Friday of each week in April — their favorites from among The Greats — and to add their comments on the poems.
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Linda Wertheimer interviews Gary Snyder.
Denise Low reviews Selfish, by Albert Goldbarth, and the anthology The Poetry of Resistance, edited by Fred Whitehead.
Richard Kreitner reviews Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps, reissued by New York Review of Books, edited by Lawrence Kramer.
Maureen Kennelly describes the poetry of food.
Andrew McCulloch introduces David Gascoyne's "A Tough Generation."
Ted Kooser presents Pauletta Hansel's "Husbands."
Carol Rumens introduces William Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802."
Dwight Garner on James Merrill: Life and Art, by Langdon Hammer.
Günter Grass, 87
Sean O'Brien on Frances Leviston's Disinformation.
Colm Toíbín on Thom Gunn and Elizabeth Bishop.
Elaine Feinstein's Portraits reviewed by Fiona Sampson.
"Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A."
Inspired Notes: Tomas Tranströmer, translated by John F. Deane, reviewed by Paddy Kehoe.
X.J. Kennedy honored with Jackson Poetry Prize.
Griffin Poetry Prize
finalists announced. MORE