On Frank Bidart: Fastening the Voice to the Page
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.
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... kind of night " within all the possible nights . This " night ” has more to do with other nights like it than with the nights before and after it , just as Christmas exists more palpably in the order of Christ- mases , one a year , than ...
... kind of writing . FB : We live in an armored age . There has come to be astonishing sophistication in producing an armored self on paper — in a way that makes the poems that were " armored ” twenty years ago look positively candid and ...
... kind will not permit itself simply to be looked back on ; it makes , when it is summoned , a kind of erosion , undermining the present with the past , substituting for the shifts and approximations and variety of anecdote the immutable ...
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