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Half-light : collected poems 1965-2016 / Frank Bidart.

Author/creator Bidart, Frank, 1939- author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Copyright Notice ©2017
Description718 pages ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Uniform titleWorks
Contents Western night : poems 1965-90. In the western night : 1990 -- Sacrifice : 1983 -- Book of the body : 1977 -- Golden state : 1973 -- First hour of the night : 1990 -- Desire (1997) -- Star dust (2005). Music like dirt -- Watching the spring festival (2008) -- Metaphysical dog (2013). Hunger for the absolute -- History is a series of failed revelations -- Thirst (new poems, 2016) -- Interviews [with]. Mark Halliday -- Adam Travis -- Shara Lessley.
Abstract "The collected poems of the award winning American poet Frank Bidart"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it's that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet's own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the dark places of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped bare on the page with such candor and vulnerability. Over the past half century, Bidart has done nothing less than invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience. Half-light encompasses all of Bidart's previous books, and also includes a new collection, Thirst, in which the poet austerely surveys his life, laying it plain for us before venturing into something new and unknown. Here Bidart finds himself a "Creature coterminous with thirst," still longing, still searching in himself, one of the "queers of the universe." Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formPoetry.
Genre/formPoetry.
LCCN 2015038552
ISBN9780374125950 (hardcover)
ISBN0374125953 (hardcover)
ISBN(electronic book)

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