Baker, David. Heresy and the Ideal: On Contemporary Poetry. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2000. In a chapter on how poets think, Baker argues that Doty is generally a detached observer of life because his need to instruct often undercuts the impulse to feel.
Bing, Jonathan. “Mark Doty: The Idea of Order on Cape Cod.” Publishers Weekly 243 (April 15, 1996): 44-46. Doty discusses his working methods in reference to his prose work as well as to his poems.
Doty, Mark. Interview by Michael Glover. New Statesman 126 (May 30, 1997): 44-45. The interview contains some biographical detail about how Doty came to poetry. The poet also comments on the effect of Roberts’s death on his writing.
_______. “Mark Doty.” http://www.markdoty.org. Doty’s home page contains a brief biography, a list of his books, information on readings and projects, and links to reviews, interviews, and selected poems and essays.
_______. “Mark Doty.” Interview by Christopher Hennessy. In Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets, edited by Hennessy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. Doty discusses poetic composition, how he converts personal experience into art.
Glover, Michael. Review of Atlantis. New Statesman 125 (July 26, 1996): 47. Glover calls Doty the best American poet since the death of Robert Lowell and gives some attention to his imagery and diction.
Landau, Deborah. “’How to Live. What to Do.’: The Poetics and Politics of AIDS.” American Literature 68 (March, 1996): 193-226. Discusses the work of four poets as literary responses to the AIDS epidemic; examines Doty’s work in detail.
Logan, William. The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. In an essay devoted to Doty’s work, this controversial critic examines the poet’s use of language and his characteristic stylistic devices.
Wonderlich, Mark. “About Mark Doty.” Ploughshares 25 (Spring, 1999): 183-189. The profile contains some biographical information as well as brief discussions of My Alexandria, Atlantis, and Sweet Machine.