By Frank Bidart
The accumulated works of 1 of latest poetry’s most unusual voices
Gathered jointly, the poems of Frank Bidart practice the most outstanding transmutations of the physique into language in modern literature. His pages signify the human voice in all its severe registers, even if it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s personal. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one who acknowledges our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood between us and within us. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the darkish areas of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped naked at the web page with such candor and vulnerability. during the last part century, Bidart has performed not anything under invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience.
Half-light encompasses all of Bidart’s past books, and likewise incorporates a new assortment, Thirst, within which the poet austerely surveys his lifestyles, laying it simple for us ahead of venturing into anything new and unknown. right here Bidart unearths himself a “Creature coterminous with thirst,” nonetheless longing, nonetheless looking out in himself, one of many “queers of the universe.”
Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart’s Half-light: gathered Poems 1965-2017 are a thorough war of words with human nature, a clash perpetually renewed and reframed, stressed line through stressed line.
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Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart