Mark Doty's last two award-winning collections of poetry, as well as his acclaimed memoir Heaven's Coast, used the
devastation of AIDS as a lens through which to consider questions of loss, love and identity. The poems in his new
collection, Sweet Machine, see the world from a new, hard-won perspective: A coming back to life, after so much death, a
way of seeing the body's "sweet machine" not simply as a time bomb, but also as a vibrant, sensual, living thing. These
poems are themselves "sweet machines"--lyrical, exuberant and joyous--and they mark yet another milestone in the
extraordinary career of one of our most distinguished and accomplished poets.