Poems by Mark Doty

A Green Crab's Shell

The Embrace

My Tattoo






Mark Doty is a contemporary master. His poems bring the reader to the brink of death and then straight back into the grip of life. His poetic production spans eight volumes, including the recently released Fire to Fire: New & Selected Poems.As W. S. Merwin says, “A new book of poems—or of anything—by Mark Doty is good news in a dark time.”

“If it were mine to invent the poet to complete the century of William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens,” said Phillip Levine, “I would create Mark Doty just as he is, a maker of big, risky, fearless poems in which ordinary human experience becomes music.” Eyes open—and seeing more than the world believes it has to show—Doty reminds us he is present in each moment, and still decidedly human after grief, “I want what everybody wants, / that’s how I know I’m still / breathing: deep mix, rapture / and longing.”

It is precisely this theme of longing that has brought Doty such warm acclaim for each of his collections, Turtle, Swan, Bethlehem in Broad Daylight, My Alexandria, Atlantis, Sweet Machine, Source, and School of the Arts. He has been honored with the Ambassador Book Award, the Bingham Poetry Prize, two Lambda Literary Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Britian’s T.S. Eliot Prize.

Recipient of fellowships from Guggenheim Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Doty has also published three highly-regarded books of nonfiction and memoir and is widely anthologized and sought after as a reader and teacher. He currently lives in New York City and Houston, Texas.



Poetry Center Readings:

Spring 1999 (with Adrienne Su)

Spring 2008