• Mark Doty is one of the major figures in contemporary American poetry, and a new book from him is always an event

    John Killick, The North
  • The American poet Mark Doty dissents from the assumption that a plain style is more truthful than an elaborate one. Some poets are hypnotised by language and get caught flat-footed, but Doty is witty and quick... Wonderful

    Alan Marshall, Daily Telegraph
  • Bishop's influence is apparent in Doty's shape-shifting, peripatetic style, his careful accumulation of sharply observed detail. While Doty has inherited from James Merrill, he shares somethign of the Bishop/Moore fondness for eccentric syntax, as well as their strength of phrasing

    Catriona O'Reilly, Times Literary Supplement
  • Doty’s is a land of plenty, his poems celebrate abundance

    Colm Toibin, London Review of Books

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