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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 16th 1999 by University of Illinois Press
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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
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.
Feb 13, 2009 Will rated it 5 of 5 stars
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So sad that you have to read it slowly. So beautiful that you have to cry.
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Mark Doty is the author of six books of poems and two memoirs, Heaven's Coast and Firebird. A Guggenheim, Ingram-Merrill, and Whiting Fellow, he has also received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Martha Albrand Prize for Nonfiction. He teaches at the University of Houston, and divides his time between Houston and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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