19 – Desire in Poetry

Burgage Hall


Mark Doty’s many honours include the T. S. Eliot Prize. His poetry has long been celebrated for its risk and candour, an ability to find transcendent beauty even in the mundane and grievous. His latest collection Deep Lane is a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker above ground.

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire and his debut collection Physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. “Andrew McMillan’s wide-awake debut anatomises male desire and its often thwarted expressions; these fresh and engaging poems enter the temple of longing in honest search for what may be found there” (Mark Doty).

Andrew McMillan and Mark Doty read and discuss their poems around the theme of ‘desire’.

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