The Salt Ecstasies

The Salt Ecstasies

By James L. White; Mark Doty (Introduction by)

Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555975616, 63pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 2010


The powerful and influential last poems of an unsung master, now again available, with a new introduction by National Book Award winner Mark Doty

James L. White's "The Salt Ecstasies "originally published in 1982, shortly after White's untimely death has earned a reputation for its artful and explicit expression of love and desire. In this new edition, with an introduction by Mark Doty and previously unpublished works by White, his invaluable poetry is again available clear, passionate, and hard-earned.

"The Salt Ecstasies "is a new book in the Graywolf Poetry Re/View Series, edited by Doty, dedicated to bringing essential books of contemporary American poetry back into print.

About the Author

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.

Praise For The Salt Ecstasies

“White’s was a crucial voice to encounter, for what it confirmed as possible—longing, homosexual longing, the expression of that longing in a poem. I think it’s arguable that Dante’s Inferno is better literature, but Dante couldn’t have given me what White did.” —CARL PHILLIPS, from Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry