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National Book Critics Circle Award WinnerA National Book Award FinalistA vital, searching new collection from one of finest American poets at work todayIn “Those Nights,” Frank Bidart writes: “We who could get / somewhere through / words through / sex could not.” Words and sex, art and flesh: In Metaphysical Dog, Bidart explores their nexus. The result stands among this deeply adventurous poet’s most powerful and achieved work, an emotionally naked, fearlessly candid journey through many of the central axes, the central conflicts, of his life, and ours.     Near the end of the book, Bidart writes:     In adolescence, you thought your work     ancient work: to decipher at last      human beings’ relation to God.

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