Tuesday, June 11, 2013

News at Eleven: Line by line, revising the same

charged metaphor in language both intricate and plain, the poet pushes forward by pulling on the cords that tie him. [Frank] Bidart's tragic view of life is apparently untouched by our 21st-century sense that everything can be improved, and his assumption of suffering as the condition of life lends his poems an untimely authority--one that feels almost moral in its determined gaze.

from Slate: The Love of Two People Staring in the Same Direction


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