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Mark Doty
Mark Doty (born August 10, 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee) is an American poet and memoirist. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, then received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont. In 1989, his partner Wally Roberts tested positive for HIV,[1] which drastically changed Doty's writing. Roberts's death in 1994 inspired Doty to write Atlantis, and Heaven's Coast: A Memoir also deals with this subject. In 1995, he won the ₤10,000 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, the first American poet to have done so. He lives in New York City and Houston, Texas. He is currently the John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the graduate program at The University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He has also participated in The Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's MFA Program for Poets & Writers and was on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in August of 2006.

Under Grand Central's tattered vault
--maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit--
... [read poem]
The little fires that Nature lights --
The scilla's lamp, the daffodil --
She quenches, wh... [read poem]
the ancient world
Today the Masons are auctioning
their discarded pomp: a trunk of turbans,
gemmed and ostri... [read poem]
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