Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir

By | December 15, 2017
Heaven's Coast: A Memoir Author Mark Doty
ISBN-10 0060928050
ISBN-13 9780060928056
Year 1996-04-14
Pages 305
Language English
Publisher Harper Perennial
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The year is 1989 and Mark Doty s life has reached a state of enviable equilibrium His reputation as a poet of formidable talent is growing he enjoys his work as a college professor and perhaps most importantly he is deeply in love with his partner of many years Wally Roberts The harmonious existence these two men share is shattered however when they learn that Wally has tested positive for the HIV virus From diagnosis to the initial signs of deterioration to the heartbreaking hour when Wally is released from his body s ruined vessel Heaven s Coastis 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

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