Mark Doty

Mark Doty is a poet and writer whose work has won numerous accolades and awards, most recently the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. This poem is taken from his forthcoming collection Deep Lane, to be published by W. W. Norton.

Magazine Arts & Culture

Amagansett Cherry

Praise to the cherry on the lawn of the library,the heave and contorted thrust of it, a master,on its own root, negating the word weeping (miles to the nearest tears),requiring instead down-fountaining, or descending from a ferocious intention. Whatever twists the trunksubsumed into pink explosiveness, and then, all summer,the green-black canopy. Prefer it unbent? I […]

By Mark Doty

Magazine

Golden Retrievals

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so. Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s–oh Joy—actually scared. Sniff the wind, then I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue of any thrillingly dead thing. And you? Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk, thinking of what you […]

By Mark Doty
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