Theories and Apparitions


In this, his eighth book of poetry, Mark Doty's subjects - our mortal situation, the evanescent beauty of the world, desire's transformative power and poetry's ability to give shape to human lives - echo and develop. The first poem, 'Pipistrelle', is a typically eloquent disquisition on the art of communication prompted by the flight of a bat - 'an inky signature too fast to trace' - and is followed by an extraordinary series of meditations and variations on this theme. The poet listens to cicadas, to Handel, to the ...

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Theories and Apparitions
2008, Jonathan Cape Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780224085281


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