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Metaphysical Dog

By Frank Bidart, 1939-

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
A National Book Award Finalist

A vital, searching new collection from one of finest American poets at work today

In “Those Nights,” Frank Bidart writes: “We who could get / somewhere through / words through / sex could not.” Words and sex, art and flesh: In Metaphysical Dog, Bidart explores their nexus. The result stands among this deeply adventurous poet’s most powerful and achieved work, an emotionally naked, fearlessly candid journey through many of the central axes, the central conflicts, of his life, and ours.
     Near the end of the book, Bidart writes:

     In adolescence, you thought your work
     ancient work: to decipher at last

      human beings’ relation to God. Decipher

     love. To make what was once whole
     whole again: or to see

     why it never should have been thought whole.

     This “ancient work” reflects what the poet sees as fundamental in human feeling, what psychologists and mystics have called the “hunger for the Absolute”—a hunger as fundamental as any physical hunger. This hunger must confront the elusiveness of the Absolute, our self-deluding, failed glimpses of it. The third section of the book is titled “History is a series of failed revelations.”
     The result is one of the most fascinating and ambitious books of poetry in many years.

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Poetry Books of 2013

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

An NPR Best Book of 2013




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Format: Book
Author: Bidart, Frank, 1939-
Title: Metaphysical dog / Frank Bidart.
Publisher Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Isbn: 9780374173616 (hbk.) 0374173613 (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Bidart, Frank, 1939-
Title: Metaphysical dog / Frank Bidart.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Description: 113 pages ; 22 cm
Other Title: Poems. Selections
Notes: Poems.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2012048069
ISBN: 9780374173616 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0374173613 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
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Call Number: 811.54 Bid