Mark Doty Explores the Lyric Moment

Doty’s exploration at Poetry Daily seems like a useful complement to Maggie Nelson’s discussion of her creative process and approach to lyric and narrative effects.

In discussing Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, “The Fish,” Doty pushes the definition of “lyric.” He proposes that a “lyric moment” is less about an absence of time and more about capturing the feeling of timelessness. His definition echoes some discussions we have had in fiction workshops about moving forward through time along a horizontal axis, versus moving vertically, in other words, delving into or exploding a moment.


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