Source: Poems

Source: Poems

by Mark Doty


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060935405
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/26/2002
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 988,529
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Mark Doty's books of poetry and nonfiction prose have been honored with numerous distinctions, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in the United Kingdom, the T. S. Eliot Prize. In 2008, he won the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems. He is a professor at the University of Houston, and he lives in New York City.

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At the Gym

This salt-stain spot
marks the place where men
lay down their heads,
back to the bench,

and hoist nothing
that need be lifted
but some burden they've chosen
this time: more reps,

more weight, the upward shove
of it leaving, collectively,
this sign of where we've been:
shroud-stain, negative

flashed onto the vinyl
where we push something
unyielding skyward,
gaining some power

at least over flesh,
which goads with desire,
and terrifies with frailty.
Who could say who's

added his heat to the nimbus
of our intent, here where
we make ourselves:
something difficult

lifted, pressed or curled,
Power over beauty,
power over power!
Though there's something more

tender, beneath our vanity,
our will to become objects
of desire: we sweat the mark
of our presence onto the cloth.

Here is some halo
the living made together.

Source. Copyright © by Mark Doty. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

A Little Rabbit Dead in the Grass1
Fish R Us5
At the Gym8
Lost in the Stars10
Manhattan: Luminism16
Letter to Walt Whitman24
Paul's Tattoo35
Private Life38
An Island Sheaf41
1.Sea Grape Valentine41
2.Watermelon Soda43
3.Elizabeth Bishop: Croton; watercolor, 9" x 5 3/4", n.d.44
4.Hesperides Street45
5.Catalina Macaw49
Brian Age 751
Essay: The Love of Old Houses53
To the Engraver of My Skin56
Principalities of June58
Summer Landscape60
Lily and Bronze64
After the Fourth66
American Sublime68
Time on Main70

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