Poem by Mark Doty
Glass from the J. Paul Getty Museum
Murano—a recent work by the distinguished American poet Mark Doty—is a contemplative meditation on human mortality and the mystery of artistic creation. Addressed to his late friend, the poet Lynda Hull, the musings are set against the backdrop of Venice and the glassmaker's art, as practiced for centuries on the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon.
This moving poem is illustrated with details of sixteen pieces of dazzling Murano glass from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. These fine, delicate objects paired with Doty's stirring words create an exceptional visual and verbal experience.
Mark Doty is the author of Sweet Machine (1998) and the memoir Firebird (1999). He teaches at the University of Houston.
"The pages of Murano suggest radiant worlds, where instead of lonely craters and blasted plains, glowing surfaces have been etched by a loving hand."
"The photographic images provide a dreamy, surrealistic backdrop."
—Windy City Times
"Gorgeous…a wonderful marriage."
—Marcos Villatorro, KPFK
"Showcases a beautiful poem in a unique way."
—Gay & Lesbian Review
"A celebration of the Getty Museum's collection of Murano glass."
"Extravagantly attractive…revealing the flow and the flaws of both glass and time."
—Lambda Book Report
"Murano invites a meditation on the mortality of all things and the fragility of beauty."
7 x 5 1/2 inches
28 color illustrations
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum