Watching the Spring Festival

Poems

Frank Bidart

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This is Frank Bidart’s first book of lyrics—his first book not dominated by long poems. Narrative elaboration becomes speed and song. Less embattled than earlier work, less actively violent, these new poems have, by conceding time’s finalities and triumphs, acquired a dark radiance unlike anything seen before in Bidart’s long career.
 
Mortality—imminent, not theoretical—forces the self to question the relation between the actual life lived and what was once the promise of transformation. This plays out against a broad landscape. 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). At the center of the book is an ambitious meditation on the Russian ballerina Ulanova, Giselle, and the nature of tragedy. All this gives new dimension and poignance to Bidart’s recurring preoccupation with the human need to leave behind some record or emblem, a made thing that stands, in the face of death, for the possibilities of art.
 
Bidart, winner of the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, is widely acknowledged as one of the significant poets of his time. This is perhaps his most accessible, mysterious, and austerely beautiful book.

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Frank Bidart reads his poem "To the Republic"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Frank Bidart read his poem ""To the Republic,"" from his book Watching the Spring Festival. Bidart, winner of the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, is widely acknowledged as one of the significant poets of his time. Learn more about the book Watching the Spring Festival at http://us.macmillan.com/watchingthespringfestival/FrankBidart Read more about poet Frank Bidart at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frankbidart"

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Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Frank Bidart read his poem "If See No End In Is," from his book Watching the Spring Festival. Bidart, winner of the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, is widely acknowledged as one of the significant poets of his time. Learn more about the book Watching the Spring Festival at http://us.macmillan.com/watchingthespringfestival/FrankBidart Read more about poet Frank Bidart at http://us.macmillan.com/author/frankbidart

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Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart’s most recent full-length collections of poetry are Star Dust (FSG, 2005), Desire (FSG, 1997), and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90 (FSG, 1990). He has won many prizes, including the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.

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Watching the Spring Festival
Poems
Frank Bidart

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National Book Awards - Finalist, Pulitzer Prize - Finalist

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
March 2009
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ISBN: 9780374531720
ISBN10: 0374531722
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 72 pages
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