Mark Doty's prose has been hailed as "tempered and tough, sorrowing and serene" ("The New York Times Book Review") and "achingly beautiful" ("The Boston Globe"). In "Still Life with Oysters and Lemon" he offers a stunning exploration of our attachment to ordinary things-how we invest objects with human store, and why.
About the Author
Mark Doty is an award-winning poet and memoirist. His eight books of poetry include School of the Arts, Source, Atlantis, and My Alexandria. His Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty has published four volumes of nonfiction including the memoirs Heaven's Coast, Firebird, and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. Doty is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, and two Lambda Literary Awards. He's the only American poet who has received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundation.
Books like this, that address the sources of creation and the sources of our humanness, come along once in a decade. -Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
"This small book is as wise, sensitive, intense, and affecting as anything I have read in recent years." -Doris Grumbach, author of Fifty Days of Solitude
"A gem." -Library Journal
"Mark Doty's prose is insistently exploratory, yet every aside, every detour, turns into pertinence, and it all seems effortless, as though the author were wondering, and marveling, aloud." -Bernard Cooper, author of Truth Serum
"A dazzling accomplishment, its radiance bred of lucid attention and acute insight. The subject is the profoundly personal act of perception translated into description. Doty succeeds in rendering this most contemplative of arts-the still life-into a riveting drama." -Patricia Hampl, author of I Could Tell You Stories