"Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching, Mark Dotys poems . . . invite us to share their ferocious compassion."National Book Award, judges citation for Fire to FireDeep Lane is a book of descents into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life.
But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker above ground art and ardor, animals and gardens, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word. From "Deep Lane"Down there the little star-nosed engine of desire at work all night, secretive in the morning a new line running across the wet grass, near the surface, like a vein. Dont you wish the road of excess led to the palace of wisdom, wouldnt that be nice?