Desire

Poems

Frank Bidart

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Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

I hate and--love. The sleepless body hammering a nail nails itself, hanging crucified.--from "Catullus: Excrucior" In Frank Bidart's collection of poems, the encounter with desire is the encounter with destiny. The first half contains some of Bidart's most luminous and intimate work-poems about the art of writing, Eros, and the desolations and mirror of history (in a spectacular narrative based on Tacitus). The second half of the book exts the overt lyricism of the opening section into even more ambitious territory-"The Second Hour of the Night" may be Bidart's most profound and complex meditation on the illusion of will, his most seductive dramatic poem to date.
 
Desire is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

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"Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Frank Bidart read selections from his poem ""The Second Hour of the Night,"" which can be found in his book Desire, a 1997 National Book Award Finalist and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Learn more about the poetry collection Desire at http://us.macmillan.com/desire/FrankBidart Read about poet Frank Bidart at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frankbidart"

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"[Desire] is insightful, disturbing, complex, personal, painstaking, and driven. Almost no poet since Robert Lowell . . . has written verse that so successfully exemplifies these qualities."--Stephen Burt, The New Leader

"Cementing his reputation as a poet of astonishing originality, Bidart revisits classical encounters--the aftermath of a battle described by Tacitus, an incestuous romance in Ovid--and fashions them into a poetic idiom uniquely his own."--David Lehman, People

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Frank Bidart’s NBCC Award Acceptance Speech | Work in Progress
Early in my life Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell gave me the great gift of their friendship.  The dilemma they faced at the beginning of their writing life is the same dilemma that every serious poet has faced since—how to add something to the tradition of Modernism without betraying it.
- FSG's Work in Progress


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Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart's poems are collected in In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (FSG, 1990). In 1998 he won the Bobbitt Prize and received a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He teaches at Wellesley College.

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Desire
Poems
Frank Bidart

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National Book Awards - Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, Boston Book Review - Winner, Lambda Literary Award - Nominee, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
March 1999
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ISBN: 9780374525996
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5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 84 pages
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