Mark Doty’s “The ART of Description” Talk

July 31, 2010

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How fortunate we are to have poet Mark Doty in our midst, and how indescribable the pleasure of hearing him speak of the writer’s craft, the challenge and impossibility of rendering into language the exquisite sensations of human experience.  But that’s what keeps us writing, trying to get it just right.  In the end, it is the sensibility of the writer we enjoy just as much if not more than the thing described. “Description is an ART to the degree that it gives us not just the world but the inner life of the witness,” he writes. See more in The Art of Description: World into Word. Signed copies available at Canio’s.

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