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Star Dust
     

Star Dust

by 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

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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.

 

Star Dust is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for In the Western Night:

"Achieves a grandeur of vision few poets nowadays can match." —Alan Shapiro, Chicago Tribune

Library Journal
Partly comprising Music Like Dirt, the first chapbook to have been nominated for a Pulitzer, and nominated in its entirety for last year's National Book Awards, this book offers bold yet perfectly calibrated poetry that celebrates the act of making. Having most recently edited Robert Lowell's Collected Poems, Bidart is back doing something he's done with verve since 1965: making poetry. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374269739
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Bidart's most recent full-length collections of poetry are Desire (FSG, 1997) and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (FSG, 1990). He has won many prizes, including the Wallace Stevens Award. He teaches at Wellesley College.

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