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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.

In this profound and unforgettable new book, the dream beyond desire (which now

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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.

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.

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“Bidart is dazzled, confounded and compelled by words, and he wants us to feel the same way . . . [He] has a fastidious sense of poetic craft, but he has faith in primal energies too . . . What Bidart proposes, to balance the moral and aesthetic risks that he takes in Star Dust, is the largest possible conception of poetry's powers.” —Langdon Hammer, The New York Times Book Review

“Key poems that speak directly to our age--a kind of post-millennium poetry of engagement . . . Marvelous.” —Megan Harlan, San Francisco Chronicle

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:
9780374530334
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
06/13/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
926,986
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.29(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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