Mark Doty

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The Judges' Citation for the National Book Award for Poetry: Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching, Mark Doty's poems in FIRE TO FIRE gently invite us to share their ferocious compassion. With their praise for the world and their fierce accusation, their defiance and applause, they combine grief and glory in a music of crazy excelsis. In this generous retrospective volume a gifted young poet has become a master.

At Frank O'Hara's grave, Green River Cemetery, The Springs, New York, 2008