For the Twentieth Century

Frank Bidart

Bound, hungry to pluck again from the thousand
technologies of ecstasy
boundlessness, the world that at a drop of water
rises without boundaries,
I push the PLAY button:--
. . .Callas, Laurel & Hardy, Szigeti
you are alive again,--
the slow movement of K.218
once again no longer
bland, merely pretty, nearly
banal, as it is
in all but Szigeti's hands
Therefore you and I and Mozart
must thank the Twentieth Century, for
it made you pattern, form
whose infinite
repeatability within matter
defies matter--
Malibran. Henry Irving. The young
Joachim. They are lost, a mountain of
newspaper clippings, become words
not their own words. The art of the performer.
From the chapbook Music Like Dirt, published by Sarabande Books. Copyright © 2002 by Frank Bidart. Reprinted by permission of Sarabande Books. All rights reserved.

Poems by This Author

An American in Hollywood by Frank Bidart
California Plush by Frank Bidart
The only thing I miss about Los Angeles
If See No End In Is by Frank Bidart
Love Incarnate by Frank Bidart
To all those driven berserk or humanized by love
Queer by Frank Bidart
Lie to yourself about this and you will
Song by Frank Bidart
You know that it is there, lair
The Old Man at the Wheel by Frank Bidart
The Yoke by Frank Bidart
don't worry I know you're dead
To the Dead by Frank Bidart

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