May 24, 2016
Mark Doty Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy (2002). This reading is part memoir, part essay and clearly written by an accomplished poet. Doty’s book revolves around the 17th-century Dutch still life that serves as its title. “As he analyzes the items depicted in the painting, he skillfully introduces his thoughts on our intimate relationships to objects” (Library Journal). The student who recommends this title does so in ALL CAPS (for which she apologizes) and continues: “I got a little excited. The premise of this book is falling in love with a still life painting. The language and subject matter are mature and thoughtful. The book is pretty short, addictive, positive for the most part (which can be hard to come across in mature writing about art) and Mark Doty is amazing. That's all.” That’s plenty, really.