Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thought for the Day

Questions are always a little more trustworthy
than answers. And even if what is said does not take
the rhetorical form of a question, the best descriptions
contain room for that which must remain indeterminate;
they somehow manage to acknowledge the fact of limit....
~ From "Uncertainty" in The Art of Description by Mark Doty

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Poet Mark Doty, who teaches at Rutgers University, has published eight poetry collections, including his National Book Award winning Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 2008); and prose nonfiction, including Dog Years: A Memoir (Harper Perennial, 2008), Firebird: A Memoir (Harper Perennial, 2000), Open House: Writers Redefine Home (Graywolf Press, 2003), and Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy (Beacon Press, 2002).

Mark Doty's Blog

Mark Doty's Rutgers University Faculty Profile (Also see "Poetry Justice" in Rutgers Magazine, Winter 2010.)



Mark Doty Interview with the Seattlest (February 2010)





6 comments:

M.L. Gallagher said...

Ahh, how did you know I needed a reminder today about my constant questionning?

Thanks my friend. Hope your weekend is a restful as mine.

Lorenzo said...

Thanks for the introduction to Doty. I like the quote from him that you chose to highlight as it encapsulates what to me is at the heart of the poetic and, yes, even the scientific spirit: the emphasis on questions more than on answers, the knowing that all 'answers' are really only more and better questions.

I will visit Doty's blog out of curiousity. I went to Rutgers myself and, by way of coincidence, have been visiting there these days for the first time in many years, on a visit home from Spain.

Jingle said...

so thoughtful as always...

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S. Etole said...

a thought well worth pondering ...

n. davis rosback said...

i'm still thinkin' about the thought.