On Frank Bidart: Fastening the Voice to the Page

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Liam Rector, Tree Swenson
University of Michigan Press, 2007 - 216 Seiten

Frank Bidart has always defied expectation and convention without ever sounding conscious of such an effort or veering into self-parody. Bidart’s poetry is often all at once deeply generous of spirit, terrifyingly beautiful, and verging on the ecstatic in its glimpse of great turbulence just beneath the surface. Rhythmically Bidart possesses an astute sense of the music of speech, both on the page and in the ear—proving again Frost’s assertion that “a dramatic necessity goes deep into the nature of the sentence.” In the process Bidart forges a unique and uniquely American voice that combines, writes Seamus Heaney in one of this book’s essays, “a Dantesque severity with an immediacy of voice and a contemporaneity of idiom that [is] as alive to the resources of the tape-deck as it [is] to the tradition of terza rima.”

This collection of essays from thirty-six poets and writers puts Bidart in perspective for his numerous longtime readers and is sure to draw new adherents to one of our greatest living poets.

Contributors include:

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Elizabeth Bishop

Michael Chabon

Louise Glück

Donald Hall

Seamus Heaney

David Lehman

Robert Lowell

Robert Pinsky

Edmund White

and more

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Inhalt

Introduction
1
Frank Bidarts Voice
22
The Tumult in the Heart Keeps Asking Questions
38
An Interview with Frank Bidart
68
Bookslut Interview with Frank Bidart
87
From History Has to Live with What Was Here
101
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