Frank Bidart, Part I

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The word most frequently used to describe Frank Bidart’s poetry is “intense.” He has spoken in the voice of an anorexic, of Nijinsky going mad, of various criminals and philosophers. Here, he describes his own desperation, and speaks of his own intensities as being generated by the failures of love.


Part II of this interview airs on March 19.