Turtle, Swan and Bethlehem in Broad Daylight : Two Volumes of Poetry
The winner of four major awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize, Mark Doty has established himself as one of the most courageous and eloquent poets of our time. The University of Illinois Press is proud to present this one-volume edition of Doty's first two collections of poetry, "Turtle, Swan and Bethlehem in Broad Daylight". Long out of print, "Turtle, Swan and Bethlehem in Broad Daylight" brought Doty to critical attention as the first post-Stonewall gay poet to emerge as a major voice in American letters. Stories of paradise, pageant, and fugitive peace course through these pages are lit by Doty's visions of the architecture and artifice of a lush world. Exploring the forms of remembering and inventing, Doty affirms that, from the first loss, we preserve by naming.
- Paperback | 192 pages
- 138 x 208 x 14mm | 222.26g
- 01 Mar 2000
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"Without sacrificing clarity or narrative control, Doty's poetry interrogates the possibilities of language as a medium to make sense of the complexities of millennial America while its richness forestalls the potential fin de siecle angst... These poems do not flinch from their gaze at the uglinesses of contemporary life ... but the prevailing emotion is, surprisingly, joy... Astonishing, beautiful work." -- Sarah Kennedy, Shenandoah Critical acclaim for Mark Doty: "If it were mine to invent the poet to complete the century of William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens, I would create Mark Doty just as he is, a maker of big, risky, fearless poems in which ordinary human experience becomes music." -- Philip Levine "This masterful poet writes elegies so full of life we find our hopes restored. Moving, splendidly observant and unflinching, Mark Doty's poems extend the range of the American lyric poem." -- American Academy of Arts and Letters "If photography strips off a layer of the soul, Doty's poetic vision restores it. His poems are suspensions of time held in language... Doty interrogates the world with his awe, and that world delivers up to him devotions, ghosts, moments of extraordinary beauty." -- Alexander Chee, San Francisco Review of Books "I hope that readers, and not just readers of poetry, will add these poems to their private anthology of consciousness at the end of the century." -- Eugene Genovese, Boston Review "Infusing the American lyric poem with symphonies of sound, Doty stretches elegies that go beyond merely encompassing broad landscapes. His canvasses are broad and deep, yet ultimately uplifting." -- Aria Seligmann, Eugene Weekly