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Author: Frank Bidart
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In 2002, Frank Bidart published a sequence of poems, Music Like Dirt, the first chapbook ever to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. From the beginning, he had conceived this sequence as the opening movement in a larger structure--now, with Star Dust, finally complete. Throughout his work, Bidart has been uniquely alert to the dramatic possibilities of violence; in this, and in his sense of theater, he resembles  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Bidart
ISBN: 9780374269739 0374269734
OCLC Number: 56058049
Description: 84 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1: Music like dirt --
For the twentieth century --
Music like dirt --
Young Marx --
For Bill Nestrick (1940-96) --
Little fugue --
Advice to the players --
Stanzas ending with the same two words --
The poem is a veil --
Luggage --
Hammer --
Injunction --
Heart beat --
Legacy --
Lament for the makers --
2: Curse --
Knot --
Phenomenology of the prick --
The soldier who guards the frontier --
Romain Clerou --
Hadrian's deathbed --
Song --
Star dust --
The third hour of the night.
Responsibility: Frank Bidart.
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In 2002, Frank Bidart published a sequence of poems, Music Like Dirt, the first chapbook ever to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. From the beginning, he had conceived this sequence as the opening movement in a larger structure--now, with Star Dust, finally complete. Throughout his work, Bidart has been uniquely alert to the dramatic possibilities of violence; in this, and in his sense of theater, he resembles the great Jacobean dramatists. It is no accident that Webster's plays echo in "The Third Hour of the Night," the brilliant long poem that dominates the second half of Star Dust. Bidart locates in Benvenuto Cellini the speaker truest to his own vision. Who better to speak of the drive to create, not as reverie or pleasure or afterthought, but as task and burden, thwarted by the world? In its scale, sonorities, extraordinary leaps, and juxtapositions, "The Third Hour of the Night" makes an astonishing counterbalance to the intense, spare lyrics that precede it. In this profound and unforgettable new book, the dream beyond desire (which now seems to represent human destiny) is rooted in the drive to create, a drive tormented at every stage by failure, as the temporal being fights for its survival by making an eternal life. Bidart is a poet of passionate originality, and Star Dust shows that the forms of this originality continue to deepen and change as he constantly renews his contract with the idea of truth.

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