Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (Hardcover)

New and Selected Poems

By Mark Doty

Harper, 9780060752477, 336pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2008

Spring 2009 Poetry List

“This career-spanning collection showcases fleeting moments and fragile memories as Doty explores lights and bodies that touch fire and change. Tattoos rewrite flesh, cities shine with surprising grace, and men hold hands at the edge of an abyss. Read this and remember that poetry can change the angle of your eyes and the reach of your gaze as you look out onto a kindled, golden world made familiar and new.”
— Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
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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.

Praise For Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems

“[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’s facility with his chosen so natural that the craft in his work is all but invisible; he makes the damnably difficult look deceptively simple.”

“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 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

“If words this moving do not constitute great poetry, I’d like to know what does.”
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“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)

“Doty displays a gift for interweaving arresting image with tender narrative.”

“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