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Biography of Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart

Frank Bidart (1939 - Present)

Frank Bidart was born in Bakersfield, California, in 1939 and educated at the University of California at Riverside and at Harvard, where he was a student and friend of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Bidart's first volume of poetry, Golden State (1973), was selected by poet Richard Howard for the Braziller Poetry series, but it wasn't until the publication of The Sacrifice (1983) that Bidart's poetry began to attract a wider readership. Bidart's early books arecollected in In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90 (1990).

His newest volume, Desire (1997), was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. He has also received the Academy's Wallace Stevens Award, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation Writer's Award, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Shelley Award of the Poetry Society of America, and The Paris Review's first Bernard F. Conners Prize for "The War of Vaslav Nijinsky" in 1981. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches at Wellesley College. Bidart is currently editing an edition of Robert Lowell's collected poems.


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12 Poems written by Frank Bidart

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First LineComments
"When I hit her on the head, it was good, Comments and analysis of Herbert White by Frank Bidart 448 Comments
(Dante, Vita Nuova)
. . . telling those who swarm around him his desire
(John of the Cross) Comments and analysis of Dark Night by Frank Bidart 2 Comments
up or down from the infinite C E N T E R
Bound, hungry to pluck again from the thousand
He stared up into my eyes with a look Comments and analysis of Adolescence by Frank Bidart 1 Comment
He's still young--; thirty, but looks younger--
It is what recurs that we believe,
The only thing I miss about Los Angeles Comments and analysis of California Plush by Frank Bidart 3 Comments
What I hope (when I hope) is that we'll
Whatever lies still uncarried from the abyss within Comments and analysis of Homo Faber by Frank Bidart 2 Comments


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