Mark Doty

(10 August 1953 / Maryville, Tennessee)

Mark Doty Poems

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