Posts Tagged ‘Mark Doty’

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

Translation

The Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud, as translated by Donald Revell

Anthologies

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

Autobiography

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

Nonfiction

Mystery/Thriller

The Ax, Donald Westlake

Poetry

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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.