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Metaphysical Dog

Bidart, Frank

(Book - 2013)
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National Book Critics Circle Award Winner A National Book Award Finalist A vital, searching new collection from one of finest American poets at work today In "Those Nights," Frank Bidart writes: "We who could get / somewhere through / words through / sex could not."nbsp;Words and sex, art and flesh: In Metaphysical Dog , Bidart explores their nexus.nbsp;The result stands among this deeply adventurous poet's most powerful and achievednbsp;work, an emotionally naked, fearlessly candid journey through many of the central axes, the central conflicts, of his life, and ours. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Near the end of the book, Bidart writes: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; In adolescence, you thought your work nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; ancient work: to decipher at last nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; human beings' relation to God. Decipher nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; love. To make what was once whole nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; whole again: or to see nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; why it never should have been thought whole. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; This "ancient work" reflects what the poet sees as fundamental in human feeling, what psychologists and mystics have called the "hunger for the Absolute"--a hunger as fundamental as any physical hunger.nbsp;This hunger must confront the elusiveness of the Absolute, our self-deluding, failed glimpses of it.nbsp;The third section of the book is titled "History is a series of failed revelations." nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The result is one of the most fascinating and ambitious books of poetry in many years. One of Publishers Weekly 's Best Poetry Books of 2013 A New York Times Notable Book of 2013 An NPRnbsp;Best Book of 2013
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374173616
Characteristics: 113 pages ;,22 cm

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