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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." Words and sex, art and flesh: In Metaphysical Dog, Bidart explores their nexus. The result stands among this deeply adventurous poet's most powerful and achieved work, an emotionally naked, fearlessly candid journey through many of the central axes, the central conflicts, of his life, and ours. Near the end of the book, Bidart writes: In adolescence, you thought your work ancient work: to decipher at last human beings' relation to God. Decipher love. To make what was once whole whole again: or to see why it never should have been thought whole. 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. This hunger must confront the elusiveness of the Absolute, our self-deluding, failed glimpses of it. The third section of the book is titled "History is a series of failed revelations." 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 NPR Best Book of 2013 Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry
Authors: Bidart, Frank, 1939-
Uniform Title: Poems. Selections
Title: Metaphysical dog
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 113 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Poems.
Contents: Metaphysical dog
Writing "Ellen West"
Like
Those nights
Name the bed
Queer
History
Hunger for the absolute
Defrocked
He is Ava Gardner
Mourn
The enterprise is abandoned
Janáček at seventy
Threnody on the death of Harriet Smithson
Dream of the book
Inauguration day
Race
Glutton
Whitman
Three tattoos
As you crave soul
Things falling from great heights
O ruin o haunted
Plea and chastisement
Martha Yarnoz Bidart Hall
Late Fairbanks
Against rage
For the AIDS dead
Tyrant
Mouth
Rio
Presage
Elegy for earth
Of his bones are coral made
Poem ending with a sentence by Heath Ledger
Dream reveals in neon the great addictions
Ganymede
On this earth where no secure foothold is
For an unwritten opera.
Local Note: 15 53 118 172 173 231
ISBN: 9780374173616
Statement of Responsibility: Frank Bidart
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: American poetry 21st century. American poetry 20th century.
Topical Term: American poetry
American poetry
LCCN: 2012048069
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