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Winner, Poetry: Mark Doty's 'Fire To Fire: New And Collected Poems'

"Elegant, plain-spoken and unflinching." That's how the National Book Foundation describes this, Mark Doty's eighth collection of poems, as praise and accusation for a world that combines "grief and glory in a music of crazy excelsis."

Fire To Fire combines new and old work, reaching back 20 years into the poet's canon. Doty's writing is at once pricklingly astute and dramatically sensuous, with "haze-headed" golden retrievers, crocuses "tight on their clock-springs," and fish displayed on ice, "each a foot of luminosity."

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