by Frank Bidart

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Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.

I hate and—love. The sleepless body hammering a nail nails itself, hanging crucified.—from "Catullus: Excrucior" In Frank Bidart's collection of poems, the encounter with desire is the encounter with destiny. The first half contains some of Bidart's most luminous and intimate work-poems about the art of writing, Eros, and the desolations and mirror of history (in a spectacular narrative based on Tacitus). The second half of the book exts the overt lyricism of the opening section into even more ambitious territory-"The Second Hour of the Night" may be Bidart's most profound and complex meditation on the illusion of will, his most seductive dramatic poem to date.

Desire is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374525996
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/30/1999
Edition description: 1 PBK ED
Pages: 84
Sales rank: 584,284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

Frank Bidart's poems are collected in In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (FSG, 1990). In 1998 he won the Bobbitt Prize and received a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He teaches at Wellesley College.

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