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Mark Doty: Poetry Reading from Deep Lane: Thursday, June 18

May 22, 2015
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Mark Doty, award-winning poet, professor, and acting director of Writers House, will read from Deep Lane, his new collection of poems, on Thursday, June 18, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Alexander Library’s Scholarly Communications Center Teleconference Lecture Hall.  Admission to the reading, which will be followed by a light reception, is free and open to the public.  RSVP online here.

Published in April by W.W. Norton & Company, Deep Lane is described as “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 aboveground: 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.”

Deep Lane has been met with substantial critical acclaim.  The Houston Chronicle raved, “This collection will win awards,” while the Washington Post described it as the poet’s “best work yet… astute, contemplative and deeply moving.”  NPR’s Craig Morgan Teicher called the collection a must-read, praising Doty’s ability “to weave philosophical inquiry, personal anecdote, and awe at people and nature into a voice that is simultaneously warm and tinged with a useful measure of doubt.”

Doty is the author of nine volumes of poetry and four books of nonfiction prose.  His collection Fire to Fire:  New and Selected Poems was the winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry.  His numerous honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize.  He is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

This reading is the first in a series of author talks being held at Alexander Library this summer, sponsored by Rutgers’ Division of Continuing Studies New Brunswick Summer Session Office in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries.

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