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Biography of Mark Doty

Mark Doty

Mark Doty (1953 - Present)

Mark Doty (born 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee) is an American poet. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, then received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont. In 1989, his partner Wally Roberts tested positive for HIV, which drastically changed his writing. Roberts's death in 1994 inspired Doty to write Atlantis. In 1995, he won the ₤10,000 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, the first American poet to have done so. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas. He is currently the John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the graduate program at the University of Houston.


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16 Poems written by Mark Doty

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Because she could find no one else to paint a picture of the old family place where she and her sisters lived. . .she attended an adult education class in Montpelier. In one evening Bessie Drennan learned everything she would need to accomplish her goals. . . Comments and analysis of To Bessie Drennan by Mark Doty 1 Comment
Because the road to our house
Glassmakers, Comments and analysis of Favrile by Mark Doty 1 Comment
Long Pont's apparitional
My salt marsh Comments and analysis of Description by Mark Doty 1 Comment
Not, exactly, green:
Over the terminal, Comments and analysis of Metro North by Mark Doty 7 Comments
The intact facade's now almost black
The priest never used blueprints, but worked all Comments and analysis of Dickeyville Grotto by Mark Doty 1 Comment
They lie in parallel rows,
This salt-stain spot Comments and analysis of At the Gym by Mark Doty 1 Comment
Today the Masons are auctioning
Under Grand Central's tattered vault
When I heard he had entered the harbor,
You weren't well or really ill yet either;
"I've been having these Comments and analysis of 1. Faith by Mark Doty 18 Comments


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