Read Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 Online Free - The collected works of one of contemporary poetry’s most original voices
Gathered together, the poems of Frank Bidart perform one of the most remarkable transmutations of the body into language in contemporary literature. His pages represent the human voice in all its extreme registers, whether it’s that of the child-murderer Herbert White, the obsessive anorexic Ellen West, the tormented genius Vaslav Nijinsky, or the poet’s own. And in that embodiment is a transgressive empathy, one that recognizes our wild appetites, the monsters, the misfits, the misunderstood among us and inside us. Few writers have so willingly ventured to the dark places of the human psyche and allowed themselves to be stripped bare on the page with such candor and vulnerability. Over the past half century, Bidart has done nothing less than invent a poetics commensurate with the chaos and appetites of our experience.
Half-light encompasses all of Bidart’s previous books, and also includes a new collection, Thirst, in which the poet austerely surveys his life, laying it plain for us before venturing into something new and unknown. Here Bidart finds himself a “Creature coterminous with thirst,” still longing, still searching in himself, one of the “queers of the universe.”
Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart’s collected works are a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line.
|Title||:||Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016|
|Number of Pages||:||624 pages|
September 10, 2017
Poem Ending With a Sentence by
Each grinding flattened American vowel smashed to
centerlessness, his glee that whatever long ago mutilated
mouth, he has mastered to mutilate
you: the Joker’s voice, so unlike
the bruised, withheld, wounded voice of Ennis Del Mar.
Once I have the voice
January 11, 2018
After 700 pages, with this collection I’ve finally finished all the books on the National Book Award shortlist for poetry. This one won the award, but it is my least favorite of the five. While there were many poems here that I loved, I also found many, particularly the earlier poems, much less a...
September 04, 2017
January 09, 2018
I'm quantifying, not judging, my rewarding experience through Bidart's work. I adore his two long poems "The First Hour of the Night" and "The Third Hour of the Night", but not the even hours. (I've rated all the volumes separately and named other favorite poems there.)
September 11, 2017
The collected works of one of America's great poets. If you are interested in poetry, read this!
January 06, 2018
I haven't actually read the whole thing, but I am rereading poems I haven't read in years, and reading incredible poems I never read. I love Frank Bidart, and return to his work regularly.