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Watching the spring festival

Author: Frank Bidart
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Bidart, Frank, 1939-
Watching the spring festival.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
(OCoLC)608480293
Online version:
Bidart, Frank, 1939-
Watching the spring festival.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
(OCoLC)609928207
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Bidart
ISBN: 9780374286033 0374286035
OCLC Number: 173509469
Description: vi, 61 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Marilyn Monroe --
Tu Fu watches the spring festival across Serpentine Lake --
The old man at the wheel --
Like lightning across an open field --
You cannot rest --
Poem ending with three lines from "Home on the range" --
An American in Hollywood --
Seduction --
Catullus: ID faciam --
Song of the mortar and pestle --
Valentine --
With each fresh death the soul rediscovers woe --
Sanjaya at 17 --
Winter spring summer fall --
Ulanova at forty-six at last dances before a camera Giselle --
Under Julian, C362 A.D. --
Candidate --
Coat --
To the republic --
God's catastrophe in our time --
Little --
Watching the spring festival --
Hymn --
If see no end in is --
Song.
Responsibility: 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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