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In this luminous study of illness and loss, the acclaimed poet (author of My Alexandria and Atlantis) recounts how his lover of eight years, Wally Roberts, learned from a Vermont social worker in May 1989 that he was HIV-positive (while Doty tested negative). In chapters that range impressionistically over the years that followed, Doty presents a kind of AIDS journal, tracing the gradual onset of the disease to which Roberts succumbed in 1993 and the painful healing process that engulfs Doty to this day. During this period, Doty also lost a close male friend to AIDS and a female friend to a car accident. After the diagnosis, the two men adopted two dogs, bought a cabin in the Vermont woods and, when Roberts began his gradual physical deterioration, moved to Provincetown, Mass., where there was a strong gay and lesbian support network. Mourning Roberts's loss, Doty finds powerful sustenance in poetry, letters from friends (excerpted here) and his own meditations on the New England landscape. Doty's love for Wally and the inner strength that sustains him lend this memoir a vitality that is sure to appeal to readers outside the AIDS community. Author tour.
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In retrospect, 1993 should have been a red-letter year for Doty: his fourth collection of poems, My Alexandria (LJ 4/15/93), won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Award. But that year he also lost his lover to AIDS, a painful story he recounts here.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this beautiful tribute and memoir in tandem with Living in the Light of Death by Larry Rosenberg as part of a course on contemplative caregiving. Read morePublished 6 months ago by lglover
I have this book in hard cover and love it. I bought this paper back version to share with
a friend who is grieving the loss of his partner and hope it will help him to heal. Read more
Mark Doty is a master of nonfiction! Couldn't help getting caught up in this story of love lost. Definitely a great read.Published 15 months ago by Lucy Nepstad
I first read this book many years ago, and time has not diluted Mark Doty's impact in the telling of the death of his beloved Wally. Read morePublished 24 months ago by L. Roach
I have eight bookcases in my office crammed with books - mostly on topics of business, communication and spirituality. I keep them for reference. Read morePublished 24 months ago by J. P. Reynolds
Mark Doty's books are some of the best written books I've ever read - this was the first of his I read. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Doris E. Cowan
There is no doubt Mark Doty writes beautifully, descriptive. However, the story of his loss is mired by the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by LoudAndChanticleer
Until you have waited for the funeral home to collect the remains of your spouse, until you have cleaned up and cared for them and they slip through your fingers and until you are... Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Kevin Graves