Good Read: Heaven's Coast by Mark Doty
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From diagnosis to the initial signs of deterioration to the heartbreaking hour when Wally is released from his body’s ruined vessel, Heaven’s Coast is an intimate chronicle of love, its hardships, and its innumerable gifts. We witness Doty’s passage through the deepest phase of grief — letting his lover go while keeping him firmly alive in memory and heart — and, eventually beyond, to the slow reawakening of the possibilities of pleasure. Part memoir, part journal, part elegy for a life of rare communication and beauty, Heaven’s Coast evinces the same stunning honesty, resplendent descriptive power and rapt attention to the physical landscape that has won Doty’s poetry such attention and acclaim.
Jacque Day says:
“Mark Doty’s memoir Heaven’s Coast wrenches the spirit and opens the heart to the notion that love knows no boundaries. Doty takes us inside the decline and death of a life partner, and through his honesty and beautiful language, he provides a rare vision into the humanity of living with AIDS. He devotes a significant section to the troubled life and untimely death of his good friend, the poet Lynda Hull—his portrait of Hull isn’t always kind, in keeping with many complicated friendships. Doty stands as one more example of a known poet who writes exquisite prose.”