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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... matter deeply . In expanding the Ovidian narrative , Bidart makes narrativity both the subject of his “ Cinyras and Myrrha " and its richest metaphor ; it is both a story about telling stories and a story about what stories , in being ...
... matter was as different as his language was , and it anticipated changes that occurred not only in American poetry but in the culture at large . He brought the therapeutic modes of the sixties and seventies to completion by writing ...
... matter defies matter— Malibran . Henry Irving . The young Joachim . They are lost , a mountain of newspaper clippings , become words not their own words . The art of the performer . The singer Maria Malibran ( 1808–1836 ) , the actor ...
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