Excerpt from

California Plush

The only thing I miss about Los Angeles

is the Hollywood Freeway at midnight, windows down and radio blaring
bearing right into the center of the city, the Capitol Tower
on the right, and beyond it, Hollywood Boulevard blazing

--pimps, surplus stores, footprints of the stars

Frank Bidart at the Academy of American Poets

Frank Bidart reads in RealAudio

From  "What's American About American Form?"

Free verse versus formal verse [is] a barren distinction. The modernists did not understand their project as constituting a rebellion against formal verse, or form itself. It was a far more complicated and fundamental issue.

At the 2008 National Book Award Finalists Reading