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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Turtle, Swan and Bethlehem in Broad Daylight: TWO VOLUMES OF POETRY

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Jespers

    Doty transforms the personal into the universal like no one I know. He takes the historical and brings it alive. He takes the concrete, and in the flip of a word or phrase christens it metaphorical with skilled legerdemain. Because of this touch, his poems never age (if a poem can do such a thing), the subject matter and treatment always remaining fresh.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    These poems are so dense with meaning and atmosphere that they invite a person to linger in them for a long while. I especially loved "A Replica of the Parthenon," as I just visited the Parthenon in Nashville that he writes about. I also loved "Late Conversation," "Independence Day," "A Row of Identical Cottages," "An Exhibition of Quilts," "Art Lessons," and "Cemetery Road." Beautifully done. These poems are so dense with meaning and atmosphere that they invite a person to linger in them for a long while. I especially loved "A Replica of the Parthenon," as I just visited the Parthenon in Nashville that he writes about. I also loved "Late Conversation," "Independence Day," "A Row of Identical Cottages," "An Exhibition of Quilts," "Art Lessons," and "Cemetery Road." Beautifully done.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I prefer his later books but there are still some incredible gems in these two and you can see how they lead to where they eventually do.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Gervasio

    This two-in-one volume is so much more than just a great deal. Seeing Doty read some of its many brilliant contents aloud at the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival (on more than one occasion) remains one of few reading experiences that brought me to tears. In particular, I remember the first visit to the Dodge Festival; I was in high school, gallivanting with friends from our literary magazine, which had funded our trip. It was raining torrentially against the giant tents that housed the stages. I wa This two-in-one volume is so much more than just a great deal. Seeing Doty read some of its many brilliant contents aloud at the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival (on more than one occasion) remains one of few reading experiences that brought me to tears. In particular, I remember the first visit to the Dodge Festival; I was in high school, gallivanting with friends from our literary magazine, which had funded our trip. It was raining torrentially against the giant tents that housed the stages. I was only sixteen and was only just realizing my own sexuality. We also went to a Catholic high school, so I was predisposed to fearing my friends' reactions when I told them "what" I was. One of those friends was present that day. When Doty read "Charlie Howard's Descent," she cried. And we talked about that poem for ages. And the compassion it rendered almost single-handedly changed her views on homosexuality. (And made it a lot easier for me to come out to her.) So, it's personal, but that's the sort of power these poems have.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kent

    After having read My Alexandria, it's hard to view anything by Doty without that as a lens. In these two books, there is a discernible progress towards My Alexandria. Bethlehem in Daylight, especially, has a way of weaving in the memories of his mother, with these truly tragic losses of friends. "A Box of Lilies" is absolutely superb and startling. After having read My Alexandria, it's hard to view anything by Doty without that as a lens. In these two books, there is a discernible progress towards My Alexandria. Bethlehem in Daylight, especially, has a way of weaving in the memories of his mother, with these truly tragic losses of friends. "A Box of Lilies" is absolutely superb and startling.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will

    So sad that you have to read it slowly. So beautiful that you have to cry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gail Marie

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    David Gorgone

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    Colin Flower

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clifton

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    Ben Westlie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  15. 5 out of 5

    britta

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    Judson

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    Jessica

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    Kirsten Wess

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    Andy Quan

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    Beth Marzoni

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    Lee

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    Steve

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    Katherine

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    Jen

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    Jayme

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    Brian

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    Margo Solod

  28. 5 out of 5

    Justin Jannise

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen Graves

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Scott

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