My Alexandria comprises a series of eloquent meditations on the essential themes- mortality and life, beauty and loss. The collection is haunted by the spectre of AIDS, but is transfigured by Mark Doty's ranging imagination, effortless stylistic skill and huge emotional power.
My Alexandria comprises a series of eloquent meditations on the essential themes: mortality and life, beauty and loss. The collection is haunted by the spectre of AIDS, but is transfigured by Mark Doty's ranging imagination, effortless stylistic skill and huge emotional power.
' My Alexandria is a rare event, These poems are full of light and sensual detail. They tell the story of the perceived world with uncanny lyric accuracy, whether describing a jellyfish or the colour of a garden in the afternoon. Yet their true power is in making us know that such reports have been brought back from the very edge of an abyss:from a zone of fear and loss where every thing loved is at risk and all language begins as elegy. Mark Doty makes these poems not just a chronicle of our contemporary world. He makes them an ethical storm centre in contemporary poetry as well. These are wonderful, accusing and essential poems. They belong to everyone who loves poetry.' Eavan Boland 'Mark Doty was quite new to me: I found his work utterly moving and convincing, with not a word detracting from its natural, unassuming eloquence. The shadow of HIV diagnosis hangs over many of the troubled poems in My Alexandria , but Doty's thinking gets to the heart of his feeling, and a brilliance of conception and phrase has the reader thinking too. These are big, serious poems, the best I have read for some time. Do buy this one.' John Fuller 'In My Alexandria , Mark Doty makes perceptiona matter of life and death, gives us a world burnished by the possibility of loss. When you read these poems, prepare to be changed.' Jo Shapcott
Mark Doty is the author of more than ten volumes of poetry and three memoirs. His many honours include the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and, in the UK, the T. S. Eliot Prize. He is a professor at Rutgers University and lives in New York City.