Elegant, plain-spoken, and
unflinching, Mark Doty's poems in Fire to Fire gently
invite us to share their ferocious compassion. With
their praise for the world and their fierce accusation,
their defiance and applause, they combine grief and
glory in a music of crazy excelsis. In this generous
retrospective volume a gifted young poet has become
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Doty’s seven books
of poems and four books of nonfiction prose have been
honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the
PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the Los
Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award,
a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s
Award and, in the United Kingdom, the T.S. Eliot Prize.
He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill
Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
He is a professor at the University of Houston, and
lives in New York City.
ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)
Mark Doty's Fire to Fire
collects the best of Mark Doty's seven books of
poetry, along with a generous selection of new work.
Doty's subjects—our mortal situation, the evanescent
beauty of the world, desire's transformative power,
and art's ability to give shape to human lives—echo
and develop across twenty years of poems. His signature
style encompasses both the plainspoken and the artfully
wrought; here one of contemporary American poetry's
most lauded, recognizable voices speaks to the crises
and possibilities of our times.