Heaven's Coast: A Memoir by Mark Doty

Heaven's Coast: A Memoir

byMark Doty

Paperback | January 31, 1997

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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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Title:Heaven's Coast: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:January 31, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060928050

ISBN - 13:9780060928056

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The harmonious existence shared by poet Mark Doty and his companion of many years, Wally Roberts, was shattered in 1989 when Wally tested positive for HIV. 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" offers an intimate chronicle of love, its hardships, and its innumerable gifts

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"Mark Doty's lyric recollections in Heaven's Coast . . . will undoubtedly be enshrined with the few other literary master relics of the gay American holocaust . . . aaAlthough Doty is distinctly New England in his approach to writing, his queer sensibilities give him an American voice. . . . His availability to the holiness of life, his balance of pragmatic skepticism and assured intuition, and his earthly drive to sniff"(Winston Wilde The Advocate)