Mark Doty

(10 August 1953 / Maryville, Tennessee)

Mark Doty Poems

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



“I’ve been having these
awful dreams, each a little different,
though the core’s the same—

we’re walking in a field,
Wally and Arden and I, a stretch of grass
with a highway running beside it,

or a path in the woods that opens
onto a road. Everything’s fine,
then the dog sprints ahead of us,

excited; we’re calling but
he’s racing down a scent and doesn’t hear us,
and that’s when he goes

onto the highway. I don’t want to describe it.
Sometimes it’s brutal and over,
and others he’s struck and takes off

so we don’t ...

Read the full of Atlantis

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

[Hata Bildir]