Mark Doty's poetry has long been celebrated for its risk and candour, an ability to find transcendent beauty even in the mundane and grievous, an unflinching eye that - as Philip Levine says - `looks away from nothing'.
In the poems of Deep Lane the stakes are higher: there is more to lose than ever before, and there is more for us to gain. `Pure appetite,' he writes ironically early in the collection, `I wouldn't know anything about that.' And the following poem answers: Down there the little star-nosed engine of desire at work all night, secretive: in the morninga new line running across the wet grass, near the surface, like a vein.
Don't you wish the road of excess led to the palace of wisdom, wouldn't that be nice?
Deep Lane is a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker above ground: gardens and animals; the pleasure of seeing; the world tuned by the word.
Time and again, an image of immolation and sacrifice is undercut by the fierce fortitude of nature: nature that is not just a solace but a potent antidote and cure.
Ranging from agony to rapture, from great depths to hard-won heights, these are poems of grace and nobility.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 02/04/2015
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780224099837