The Salt Ecstasies
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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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 In this new edition, with an introduction by Mark Doty and previously unpublished works by White, his invaluable poetry is again available—clear, passionate, and hard-earned.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.
Mark Doty is an award-winning poet and memoirist. His eight books of poetry include School of the Arts, Source, Atlantis, and My Alexandria. His Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty has published four volumes of nonfiction including the memoirs Heaven's Coast, Firebird, and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. Doty is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, and two Lambda Literary Awards. He's the only American poet who has received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundation.
“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