Atlantis

Atlantis The poignant accomplished new collection of poetry from the author of My Alexandria winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Los Angeles Times Book Award National Book Award Final

  • Title: Atlantis
  • Author: Mark Doty
  • ISBN: 9780060951061
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • The poignant, accomplished new collection of poetry from the author of My Alexandria 1993 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award, 1993 National Book Award Finalist.

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    About “Mark Doty

    • Mark Doty

      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.



    631 thoughts on “Atlantis

    • A brave candling theory I'm making for you,little lamplight; believe,and ripple out freeas shimmer is. Go.Don't go. Go.I'm not sure anyone writes about death better than Mark Doty does, but I'm not sure anyone writes about life better than Mark Doty does, either. Atlantis is the poetry collection that deals the most directly with the death of his partner, Wally, from AIDS, but when I think about it ten days after finishing it, I see a riot of colors and textures: brightly hued half-submerged boa [...]


    • This book is pretty amazing. With the exception of Keats, I don’t usually read books of poetry these days. I’m a prose/novel person, because I like getting invested in characters, and in general I just love a good story. That said, I plan to read more of Doty’s work. And I will probably end up re-reading Atlantis, because there is clearly A LOT there. Okay, to start with the title, I’m assuming it is no coincidence that the title of this collection is the same as one of Hart Crane’s po [...]


    • In my extensive reading of poetry, I have studied no other poet as much as I have Mark Doty. With each book of his I read, I am able to more quickly notice and learn new craft lessons, partly because I am so familiar with his style and partly because his content is so immediately discernible to me (due to certain parallels in our lives). With this collection, I was able to see what his critics are saying when they point out how his descriptions of color and light tend to meander a bit too long. [...]


    • Mark Doty looks at things most of us wouldn't notice and turns them into meaning. Rows of frozen mackeral, a crab shell. He finds consolation for death in the ocean's cast offs. In this graceful collection, none stands out above the rest"the price of gleaming."


    • On a first read "Atlantis" can be painfully slow reading, as Doty seems to spend the first half of every poem lost in detailed description. However, upon a second or third reading, my appreciation for the collection deepened significantly. For lurking underneath much of the description are the painful themes of loss and slow decay. Indeed, the central eponymous poem, "Atlantis," chronicles the death of Doty’s lover Wally Roberts.By far my favorite poem in the collection, however, is "Homo Will [...]


    • This is an easy to read book of poems that really captures the beauty underlying what is horrible in the world."the world is made beautiful by its beautiful clothes." That may be a misquote, but you get the point.


    • Mark Doty's third collection, MY ALEXANDRIA, won the 1993 National Book Critics Circle Award, and his new volume of poems, ATLANTIS, crowns its predecessor's substantial achievements. Its mythical title notwithstanding, the realm of Atlantis is fully human, subject to forces that make most things seem "fallen down, broken apart, carried away." Yet among Doty's notable strengths is his ability to celebrate this realm of grief and loss as a place that nonetheless offers an array of "gorgeous[ness] [...]


    • Mark Doty – “Atlantis”HarperCollins Books, 1995Mark Doty seems to paint one fluid stream of pictures in his brilliant collection of poetry, “Atlantis.” He provides a thought provoking, and world questioning escape by truly mastering the art of flow, making his poems run like a stream trickling over tiny stones. Though each poem illuminates a different moment, they all seem to run together in one glorious landscape. The attention to detail Doty pays to the smallest things or moments is [...]


    • I love Mark Doty. I'm as much his groupie as one can be for a poet. I've seen him read several times, and he always makes me weep. His poems are both clever and important. Whether contemplating our souls, wondering "if we could be opened / into this / if the smallest chambers / of ourselves / similarly, / revealed some sky" (9), or meditating on age, relating that "I felt both young and awake / which I never felt / when I was young" (52), his work provides some insightful perspectives on life's [...]


    • Absolutely heartbreaking and wonderful. Doty's poetry skips and arcs across the page like droplets left over from the splash. Listen: This drenched failure suggestsa whole aesthetic of ruin: salt patinas,flacked and scoured exactitudes,a history of color: Venetian reds,brazilwood, cochineal. Here, morello,the color of ripe Italian blackberriesThe whole book really is this wonderful; I couldn't pick a favorite quote to capture the elegance of Doty's words. The descriptions are vivid, with a heavy [...]


    • another award winner wrote a book, oh wow he makes an allusion to walmart and blockbuster video in his poem Migratory, how cute


    • I adore Mark Doty's work, so I think you all know how this review's going to go. Atlantis is one of those collections that inspires both despair and hope, that manages to articulate the horrors and fears of death, decay and illness while finding some beauty in the bleak to hold on to, or to remember. Tender is the word that comes to mind, and Doty is gentle while unflinching. The poems 'A Green Crab's Shell' (Not, exactly, green:/closer to bronze/preserved in kind brine/something retrieved/from [...]


    • This is my first Mark Doty collection, and will look forward to his other works.The poems are lyrical, elegiac but restraint and beautiful. Doty is an artist that is aware of the metaphysics of writing -- his thoughts on the transformation of meaning in writing comes through strongly in the first poem we encounter, titled "Description":"What is description, after all,but encoded desire?And if we saythe marsh, if we forgeterms for it, then isn't itcontained in us, a little,the brightness?"Such in [...]


    • Suppose we could iridesce, like these, and lose ourselvesentirely in the universeof shimmer - would you want to be yourself only,unduplicatable, doomedto be lost? They'd prefer, plainly, to be flashing participants, multitudinous. Even now they seem to be boltingforward, heedless of stasis. They don't care they're deadand nearly frozen, just as, presumably, they didn't care that they were living:all, all for all,the rainbowed school and its acres of brilliant classrooms, in which no verb is sing [...]


    • Mark Doty's poetry combines the aesthetics and eye of a painter with the talent of a writer. His poems are canvases with multi-hued strokes of evocative and intricate imagery. While this is reminiscent of the Romantics, the poems differ in the choice and treatment of subjects. One of the repetitive imageries is related to ships and harbours. One of the stars goes out of this review because of the length of each poems - they are so long and filled with so many images that many a times I found mys [...]


    • I totally loved this book. It was moving, beautifully written with evidence of great craftsmanship. The book is a deeply emotional book as Doty contemplates the death of Wally Roberts from AIDS amidst an ongoing plague of AIDS. There is great tragedy in this book, but also great humanity and striking beauty. I admired the tightness of Doty's forms which managed to house passionate and intellgent thoughts. A terrific read.


    • I love "Rope"But who'd suggest Charley's lived long enough? Think of Solomon,who commanded the child be divided between mothers; who could cut apartone living thing, or sever the rope that holds them bothin the world? It's frayed as it is. Art is this storng,exactly: love's gravity, the weight of Charley's body,in his rope harness, suspended from his master's hand"


    • What continues to amaze me about Doty's work is how he can balance the tragic subject matter, the incredible poetic impulse, and still maintain a firm awareness of the craft necessary to make a good poem. These poems aren't too controlled, they are masterfully composed. The one image from this book that I enjoy most is the line between ocean and bay. Simple, vivid, but how it resonates deepens through the course of the book.


    • Atlantis, unfortunately, was not worth the wait. His poems are very prosey. Many are overly-sentimental, the tone overbearing to the point where the meaning gets blurred. This collection works well for a medical discourse in literature class though.Some lines popped from the dullness. His stuff about the city is moving and smart. Some images made me go, wow maybe the rest will be as good as this. No, these moments were rare gems.


    • Mark Doty has used the elemental forces around the sea and weather to illustrate the tragedy of loosing someone you love too soon. I loved this collection, where he delivers one unique metaphor after the other without anything sounding forced or sentimental. My favorite poem is Two Ruined Boats, even the title speaks.


    • Again, amongst my top 5 poets, Doty's work is simultaneously lush and spare, stark and overripe. Even lighter obervations like his amazing and lean "Display of Mackerel" bristle with deep questions of hope and mortality.


    • The usual stunning language and solid emotional core that Doty seems to always have in his writing (poetry or prose!) is very much present in this colleciton of poetry. These poems really do see "the world in a grain of sand" as Blake would have it.


    • This is a great book of poetry. The imagery is fantastic. The words used are sublime. I felt like I was in the living room on a chair talking to him. My favorite poem in the book was "Grosse Fuge." It was long, but beautifully brought to life by his words.


    • Although not quite finished with this book, it brought me to tears and will no doubt do so again before I finish. Doty's words, images, sequences draw me in completely. I will need to read his other works and hope to be "shaken" as I was with this book.


    • The tenacity and beauty of that which is dying. . . Doty looks to nature for examples of death, the shortness and loveliness of life, ways to understand our life and death. The loss of Wally is always on the horizon, but most poems don’t deal with Wally or AIDS or dying directly. Lovely lovely.


    • After being seduced into a comfortable lull by Mark Doty's reflections of life near a P-town beach, I found his meditations on loss and blunt responses to pain even more effective. Impressive craftsmanship is displayed on every page.


    • I confess, I just wasn't impressed with this. I feel these poems lack focus, which takes something away from their serious subject matter.



    • still my favorite collection of poetry. doty can take something so simple, and turn it into something incredible. check out "green crab's shell". it's stunning.


    • I loved this volume of poetry. It worked on two levels: beautiful words about the shore, and the deeper experience of Doty losing his partner to AIDS.


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