He mentions The Duchess of Malfi, which is a plus. He read some shorter poems, including a sestina (“it’s my only sestina; it will be my only sestina – I feel lucky to have escaped with my neck”) and the very long poem “Ulanova at Forty-Six At Last Dances Before a Camera Giselle,” during which I fell asleep. Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008) The jacket copy for Watching the Spring Festival mentions that Bidart's poetry here is less violent than his previous work. In this book, I feel the main argument is dealing with age, and the way that old age idealizes its younger self. Not this time. Last week I re-read and wrote a review for This is my second time reading this collection, the first being 5 years back in grad school. One of the great poets of our time.” —“An unearthly mixture of the Dionysian and the Apollonian impulses, the terrifying and the humane, the wildly inspired and the minutely crafted, Bidart's poems--eerie, robing, sometimes shocking, always subtle--venture into psychic terrain left largely unmapped in contemporary poetry.” —“These poems offer no compromise, no synthesis, for the sentiments that collide in them: they are the products of long thought and great craft, but only in the sense in which a bonfire might be called the product of logs .

The book opens with Marilyn Monroe, followed by the glamour of the eighth-century Chinese imperial court (seen through the eyes of one of China's greatest poets, Tu Fu).

. One of the rare books of poetry I enjoyed all the way through in one sitting and then picked up to reread immediately to see how it was put together. While I am reading some of these books, I can often follow the author’s discussion and am excited about the majesty and wonder of the cosmos. . But let's face it--Bidart is at his best when he gives himself the pages and pages and The latest from one of my favorite contemporary poets, this time with a focus on lyric poetry.
This is perhaps his most accessible, mysterious, and austerely beautiful book.Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.“Frank Bidart has patiently amassed as profound and original a body of work as any now being written in this country . Grand poetic ambition, at its best, can make us feel that that which challenges the glory-seeking poet also challenges the ordinary life. Then I read them out loud (I'm a nerd) and my appreciation skyrocketed. .

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We’d love your help. If we want profundity, harsh originality, unequalled compression, deft syntax and difficult wisdom, we should hold dear what Bidart can now give.” —“Full of rage even when most melancholy or sweet, [Bidart's] voice leaps off the page toward his subjects, and toward the reader . One of the great poets of our time.” —“An unearthly mixture of the Dionysian and the Apollonian impulses, the terrifying and the humane, the wildly inspired and the minutely crafted, Bidart's poems--eerie, robing, sometimes shocking, always subtle--venture into psychic terrain left largely unmapped in contemporary poetry.” —“These poems offer no compromise, no synthesis, for the sentiments that collide in them: they are the products of long thought and great craft, but only in the sense in which a bonfire might be called the product of logs .

Be the first to ask a question about Watching the Spring Festival This June, as we observe LGBTQ Pride—the annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities—we wa...This is Frank Bidart's first book of lyrics--his first book not dominated by long poems. Mostly free-verse.The snake swallows its own tail—the book revolves carefully around this theme and symbol, and how could we forget? One of the joys ofI am interested in cosmology and physics. . Mortality--imminent, not theoretical--This is Frank Bidart's first book of lyrics--his first book not dominated by long poems. In fairness to Bidart, I was working on a substantial sleep deficit and the reading wI saw Frank Bidart read from this book in April 2011, at Vanderbilt University. If we want profundity, harsh originality, unequalled compression, deft syntax and difficult wisdom, we should hold dear what Bidart can now give.” —“Full of rage even when most melancholy or sweet, [Bidart's] voice leaps off the page toward his subjects, and toward the reader . Many multi-part poems divided by a single dot. Frank Bidart, Watching the Spring Festival (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008) The jacket copy for Watching the Spring Festival mentions that Bidart's poetry here is less violent than his previous work. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 (OCoLC)608480293 Online version: Bidart, Frank, 1939-Watching the spring festival. "Song" is my favorite poem in this collection. . by Farrar Straus Giroux Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of I'm too tired rn(3.5-Perhaps cutting my teeth on the greatest hits of poets has spoiled me.) . It is there on the cover and in the form of Bidart's poems — repetitions, cycles, visions. The book opens with Marilyn Monroe, followed by the glamour of the eighth-century Chinese imperial court (seen through the eyes of one of China's greatest poets, Tu Fu). The dilemma they faced at the beginning of their writing life is the same dilemma that every serious poet has faced since - FSG's Work in Progress

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