Fire to Fire
New and Selected Poems
By Mark Doty
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060752514, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Mark Doty's Fire to Fire collects the best of his seven books of poetry, along with a generous selection of new work. His signature style encompasses both the plainspoken and the artfully wrought, as one of contemporary American poetry's most lauded, recognizable voices speaks to the crises and possibilities of our time.
Mark Doty's books of poetry and nonfiction prose have been honored with numerous distinctions, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in the United Kingdom, the T. S. Eliot Prize. In 2008, he won the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems. He is a professor at the University of Houston, and he lives in New York City.
“FIRE TO FIRE should solidify Doty’s position as a star of contemporary American poetry…The poems combine close attention to the fragile, contingent things of the world with the constant, almost unavoidable chance of transcendence.”
-Publishers Weekly (Boxed Signature Review by Reginald Shepherd)
“Mark Doty still finds wonder in a world of confusion and hardships...a much-needed book of new and selected older poems by Doty.”
-Time Out New York
“[Doty] uses language as a way to highlight a moment, elevate it, and unearth hidden depth and meaning...Striking imagery and a powerful imagination are two of his best tools...”
-Christian Science Monitor
“Doty is always searching for beauty in a world that can be tragic or simply mundane.”
“...showcases Doty’s abiding fondness for examining the human condition”
-Washington Post Book World
“Doty displays a gift for interweaving arresting image with tender narrative.”
“Doty’s facility with his chosen form...is so natural that the craft in his work is all but invisible; he makes the damnably difficult look deceptively simple.”
“If words this moving do not constitute great poetry, I’d like to know what does.”
“Doty is terrifically precise as he inspects time’s wreckage…The rhythm of his lines, its syntactical genius, propels us down the page, stopping time when necessary, making the familiar…exotic.”
-Dallas Morning News