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Mark Doty - Description

My salt marsh
-mine, I call it, because
these day-hammered fields

of dazzled horizontals
undulate, summers,
inside me and out-

how can I say what it is?
Sea lavender shivers
over the tidewater steel.

A million minnows ally
with their million shadows
(lucky we'll never need

to know whose is whose).
The bud of storm loosens:
watered paint poured

dark blue onto the edge
of the page. Haloed grasses,
gilt shadow-edged body of dune…

I could go on like this.
I love the language
of the day's ten thousand aspects,

the creases and flecks 
in the map, these 
brillant gouaches. 

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Poet: Mark Doty
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Comment 1 of 1, added on November 18th, 2005 at 9:41 AM.

This is only part of this beautiful poem.
Where's the rest of it?

sandy leonard from United States

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