Posts Tagged ‘Mark Doty’

These are the best books Bat Terrier read this year. (Disclosure: no books by friends on this list.)


The Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud, as translated by Donald Revell


Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories, James Thomas, ed.


Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac, Ellis Amburn



The Ax, Donald Westlake



Mark Doty at Frank O' Hara's Grave

Mark Doty is the author of Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, (National Book Award for Poetry, 2008) and four volumes of memoir and nonfiction. Here are a few of Doty’s ideas on the art of literary description from Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy.

— What is described, finally, is not the thing itself but a way of seeing, the perceptual self.

— The finest descriptive art  is a form of “permanent intimacy.”

— “… if we look and look we will be surprised and we will be rewarded.”

Much fine work here on painting, perception, life. Recommended.