Rui Carlos da Cunha's Reviews > Desire: Poems

Desire by Frank Bidart
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May 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read in May, 2011

The book is mostly amazing for the poem, "The Second Hour of the Night" which is 33 pages of sheer brilliance. In the first 21 pages, there is a poem, "The Return" that foreshadows the level of aesthetic quality that approaches in the latter half of the book, but the poem "Borges and I" is a silly imitation of the Argentinian master. The two "halves" of the book are so dissimilar that only the usage of "pre-existing forms" that are liberally scattered throughout allows for a coherence between the former and the latter. It would be incredible if Bidart could create a book that keeps the same style throughout but commits to an epic scale, instead of writing something epic in quality for just a short run. I look forward to reading writing of this quality from him.

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