In preparation for Wednesday’s visit with poet Mark Doty, I read the following quote from a 1997 interview to my students:
“I wait to be haunted, as it were, by an image … What happens is something I see registers on a deeper level than most experience does. A seal in the harbor, or the wreck of a fishing boat. I’ll feel this tug in my memory. Then I’ll begin describing it to try to capture it. …”
“What does the poet mean when he says that he is haunted by an image?” I asked my class of teen moms.
“I know,” one student said, “it’s like when a song gets stuck in your head. But instead of a song, something you saw gets stuck in your head and you can’t stop thinking about it.”
And so another poet is born!