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Poetry Path: Mark Doty

Mark Doty, from "Atlantis"

Mark Doty was born in 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee. He has published nine collections of poetry, including National Book Award-winning Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 2008), and four volumes of nonfiction. Doty’s most recent publication is What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life (W.W. Norton, 2020), a fusion of memoir, criticism, and essay.

Mark Doty reads an excerpt from the title poem to “Atlantis” (HarperCollins).

Photo by Daniel Terna

Mark Doty, excerpt from “Atlantis” from Atlantis. Copyright © 2009 by Mark Doty. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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