Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire was just nominated for the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry. It’s out now in hardcover from our friends at Harper; our Harper Perennial trade paperback edition will be out in March.
Winners will be announced November 19 and will receive $10,000 and a bronze statue.
The dapper man in that photo (which I yanked from Paul Lisicky’s blog is Mark Doty, author of Fire to Fire and winner of the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry. Check out his citation:
“Elegant, plainspoken, and unflinching, Mark Doty’s poems in Fire to Fire gently invite us to share their ferocious compassion. With their praise for their world and their fierce accusation, their defiance and applause, they combine grief and glory in a music of crazy excelsis. In this generous retrospective volume a gifted young poet has become a master.”