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Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart
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May 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-poetry, poetry-2000s
Read in May, 2009

What I appreciate with Frank Bidart is the conscious argument he brings with his poems. I usually feel with his poems that his intelligent logic has managed to harness this great bounding poetic energy into a statement, or at least some discernible sense that I can claim I implicitly understand. In this book, I feel the main argument is dealing with age, and the way that old age idealizes its younger self. Fairly early (in "Tu Fu Watches the Spring Festival Across Serpentine Lake" to be precise) I got the sense of this argument. The remainder of the book I felt Bidart continued to treat it from different perspectives.

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