½ Sweet Machine || ☆ PDF Read by ↠ Mark Doty

By Mark Doty | Comments: ( 700 ) | Date: ( Sep 22, 2019 )

Mark Doty s last two award winning collections of poetry, as well as his acclaimed memoir Heaven s Coast, used the devastation of AIDS as a lens through which to consider questions of loss, love and identity The poems in his new collection, Sweet Machine, see the world from a new, hard won perspective A coming back to life, after so much death, a way of seeing the body sMark Doty s last two award winning collections of poetry, as well as his acclaimed memoir Heaven s Coast, used the devastation of AIDS as a lens through which to consider questions of loss, love and identity The poems in his new collection, Sweet Machine, see the world from a new, hard won perspective A coming back to life, after so much death, a way of seeing the body s sweet machine not simply as a time bomb, but also as a vibrant, sensual, living thing These poems are themselves sweet machines lyrical, exuberant and joyous and they mark yet another milestone in the extraordinary career of one of our most distinguished and accomplished poets.


  • Title: Sweet Machine
  • Author: Mark Doty
  • ISBN: 9780060952563
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

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.



Comments Sweet Machine

  • Julie Ehlers

    Town so empty, off season,you'd think that everybody'd died.Certain types of images pervade Sweet Machine: animals, art, city streets in their parade of chaos. Published in 1998 in the immediate wake of the worst of the AIDS epidemic, this collection takes grief and rebirth as its main topics, and sometimes when you think you're getting one you're really getting the other, as in "Murano," which seems to extol glassmaking and Venice but eventually turns dark: Is this what becomes of art,the hard- [...]


  • David

    Doty's poems are like a kind of experience of luxury in its deepest sense -- the imagery lush, the spirituality expansive, the poems long and full. This book woke me up to the generous nature of the universe that surrounds us in all its details.


  • Steven

    In the final poem of Sweet Machine, Mark Doty describes grief as “a dim,/salt suspension in which [he’s] moved” through in the years following his lover’s death from AIDS (115). This collection is an exploration of what is meaningful after a prolonged period of suffocating grief. Many poems (“Favrile,” “Lilies in New York,” “Fog Suite,” “Dickeyville Grotto”) are permutations of ars poetica, in which Doty explores if the creation of art is truly a worthy representation of [...]


  • Brian

    I've never been a huge fan of contemporary poetry. It's a tricky media that can easily be abused, but Doty's writing is some of the most beautiful I have ever encountered. He tells stunning stories about his life, his partner, his partner's AIDS related death, his dog. It's so human and simple. He's one of the very few authors to ever make me cry with his writing. Every writer should be reading his work.


  • Bekah

    (one of my favourites)CONCERNING SOME RECENT CRITICISM OF HIS WORK-Glaze and shimmerluster and gleam;can't he think of anythingbut all that sheen?-No such thing,the queen said,as too many sequins.


  • Rachel

    Wonderful and haunting a perfect October read.


  • Kim

    It kind of pains me to only give this three stars, but it alternately bored the shit out of me and blew my mind. Doty's contemplations of the aesthetic, especially shiny things, slow time, and not in a good way (to be fair, he does take two poems to address a critic who has noted his propensity to describe the shiny in great detail). So I found myself almost entirely disinterested in the first two sections of this collection, despite the fact that Doty is a master craftsman. The book picked up s [...]


  • L.A.

    Doty's poetics remind me a bit of Rilke's early work: the idea of taking an object, a person, or an event and using it as the hub of the wheel from which all the ideas ribbon out and whirl around. It's very pretty to watch them swirl, it's true, but I somehow didn't have an emotional entry point into most of these poems. The exceptions were "Messiah (Christmas Portions)" and "Mercy on Broadway." I think the difference here, for me, is that the central event is one moment in time, frozen, instead [...]


  • Megan Baxter

    I feel utterly unqualified to review a book of poems. I read them too fast, I rarely stop and savour them. I mean to, but then I speed up, and catch myself, and have to go back. It's not that I don't like poetry - I do. It's just that I'm not good at reading it.But I enjoyed this, although I didn't love it. There are a couple of poems that will stick with me for a while. Maybe that's all you can ask. It was particularly poignant reading the collection, because I'd previously (years ago) read the [...]


  • Kent

    I will swear by Atlantis and My Alexandria. And I mean in that if offered a choice between these books, I would not want to besmirch the reputation of either by bearing false witness to it. Likewise, the love poems at the end of this book deserve every loving praise--I would join whole choirs to sing to them. I wish I had connected with the other sections.


  • secondwomn

    showcases what Doty brilliant mastery of modern lyricism - his ability to address those big, classical questions in the now. what is beauty? what is art? what is love? what is grief? what is the self? Doty tackles them all and more with compact, deft wit.


  • Kate

    I love Mark Doty. I love the way he describes things. I love his glimmery, dazzly way of describing things. How he takes the ordinary and makes it memorable and magical. If you ever get the chance to hear him read his poems, go hear him. He brings them to life.


  • Allison

    I just couldn't do most of the this book. I bought it years ago at a clearance place for cheap and kept putting off reading it. While there were 3 poems that spoke to me in this book, most of it was to "element"al and earthy for me.


  • RUSA CODES

    This was one of the 1999 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to ala/ala/mgrps/divs/rus


  • Nicholas White

    Doty's poetry is descriptive and stunning. Inside his descriptions he interweaves metaphor that we can relate to.


  • robert

    always loved Doty's work, yes, it's all a question of surface and shimmer, but a surface that does not distinguish from what's beneath, ultimately collapsing the distance between them.


  • Melissa

    I was lucky enough to meet the author and hear him recite. My favorite poem of his is "Charlie Howard's Descent". His poetry is rich with imagery and storytelling.


  • Lara

    I have no words."Golden Retrievals" is one of the most beautiful poems about dogs, about living in the momentMark Doty has become my favorite contemporary poet.


  • Isaac Timm

    Amazing sounds and words, Doty creates images with his writing that makes you smile or reflect. I really enjoyed the last two poem in this collection: "Mercy on Broadway" and "Visitation"


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