Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.
I hate andlove. 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.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Edition description:||1 PBK ED|
|Product dimensions:||5.71(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.16(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.