Mark Doty is the author of several collections of poetry, the most recent, School of the Arts, Source, and Sweet Machine. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller, and Whiting foundations and from the National Endowment for the Arts.
from White Komono
. . . And there,
against the back wall, a garment
which seems itself an artifact
of dream: tiny gossamer sleeves
like moth wings worrying a midnight lamp,
translucent silk so delicate
it might shatter at the weight
of a breath or glance.
From SWEET MACHINE © 1998 Mark Doty, published by Harper Perennial. Used with permission.