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
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"
Those nights
Name the bed
Hunger for the absolute
He is Ava Gardner
The enterprise is abandoned
Janáček at seventy
Threnody on the death of Harriet Smithson
Dream of the book
Inauguration day
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
Elegy for earth
Of his bones are coral made
Poem ending with a sentence by Heath Ledger
Dream reveals in neon the great addictions
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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