The Art of Description by Mark Doty
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“It sounds like a simple thing, to say what you see,” Mark Doty begins. “But try to find words for the shades of a mottled sassafras leaf, or the reflectivity of a bay on an August morning, or the very beginnings of desire stirring in the gaze of someone looking right into your eyes . . .” Doty finds refuge in the sensory experience found in poems by Blake, Whitman, Bishop, and others. The Art of Description is an invaluable book by one of America’s most revered writers and teachers.
 

About Mark Doty

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MARK DOTY is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. He teaches at Rutgers University and lives in New York.
 
Published July 20, 2010 by Graywolf Press. 128 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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"To use words at all is to use them figuratively," says Doty in his writing guide, part of Graywolf's "The Art of…" series.

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I soon abandoned the physical erasure and removal of text (Travis’ idea of erasure being application to as well as removal from the text is very apt as I came to understand my own process over time) and decided to lock myself in the body (the very limited body, I might add) of the text as a way o...

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The two most recent releases, The Art of Description, by Mark Doty, and The Art of Recklessness, by Dean Young, continue this tradition, offering tools and inspiration that are as distinct as their authors’ sensibilities.

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