Monday, April 07, 2008

Mark Doty

Another quick poetry recommendation from Brad in Used Books:

"Doty's first selection from all his previous books of poetry is a major event! Doty is a disciplined stylist who brings an entirely contemporary experience and sensibility to classical forms. My favorite poet writing today."

Fire to Fire by Mark Doty

Here's a really beautiful stanza from a poem called "House of Beauty":

Who lobbed the firebottle through the glass,
in among the cremes and thrones,
the helmets and clippers and combs,
who set the House of Beauty burning?

Isn't "firebottle" a wonderful word? I bet Heather McHugh—the wordiest woman in the Northwest—would have a field day looking closely at it.

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