15 December 2007

Mark Doty

If you know me, you know I don't love dogs. Dogs scare me, even the dogs I know and like scare me, so I probably wouldn't have read Mark Doty's book Dog Years except that when I bought my Kindle, this was the only book by a great living poet that I could find in the Kindle catalog. I downloaded a sample and recognized the marvelous Doty voice -- it's prose, not poetry -- so I clicked on the "Buy" button and waited for the right moment, which turned out to be yesterday's Atlanta to Los Angeles flight.

This is the first book I've read straight through on the Kindle, and believe me, the Kindle is a reading joy. I wish all the books I want to read were on the Kindle. They're not, so for now I'm buying the dead guys -- Dante, Milton, Pope. And Pullman (need to read the book before I see the movie).

Dog Years is a GREAT book. Read it.

Dog Years


  1. Oh, you DOG, you. I WANT a kindle!!
    Is the type large enough for old eyes like mine? (I'm starting to have trouble with books, and thinking about getting magnifiers again).

    Yes, Mark read a little of this book at the Poetry Festival last year. I do want to get it...damn, and I want it on Kindle. :-)

    That will go on my Wish list, but thanks for the heads up.

  2. I loved that book too -- and got him to sign it when I sat in on his class last month. Can't do THAT with a Kindle. ;)