Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (Paperback)

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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


Mark Doty's Fire to Fire collects the best of his seven books of poetry, along with a generous selection of new work. His signature style encompasses both the plainspoken and the artfully wrought, as one of contemporary American poetry's most lauded, recognizable voices speaks to the crises and possibilities of our time.

Praise For…

“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)

“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] 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 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

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

“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.”

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

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060752514
ISBN-10: 0060752513
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 27th, 2009
Pages: 326
Language: English