Monday, May 8, 2017

“The Owner of the Night" by Mark Doty

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May 8, 2017

The Owner of the Night

Mark Doty

About This Poem


"I spend about half my time in the city, in a built landscape where one knows the name of just about everything; in this way it's a city of language, a world mediated by words. The rest of the time I live in a place where sky and weather, plants and animals are as present as sidewalks and vehicles are in town. My inner process of narrating experience in words slows down there, even vanishes for moments at a time; then I'm just raking, or weeding, or looking at the sky not supplying words for what I see. Thus it's startling, at twilight, or deep in the night, when the dark itself seems to say a word: who. It seems the right question, the one the owl asks; as Stevens said of the harbor lights in Key West, that sound arranges, deepens, and enchants the night."
—Mark Doty


Mark Doty is the author of Deep Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015). He teaches at Rutgers University and splits his time between New York City and the east end of Long Island.


Photo credit: Star Black


Poetry by Doty


Deep Lane

(W. W. Norton & Company, 2015)

"The Night Ship" by Timothy Donnelly


"Flying at Night" by Ted Kooser


"At Night" by Yone Noguchi




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