Frank Bidart–”Inauguration Day”

INAUGURATION DAY

Today, despite what is dead

staring out across America I see since
Lincoln gunmen
nursing fantasies of purity betrayed,
dreaming to restore
the glories of their blood and state

despite what is dead but lodged within us, hope

under the lustrous flooding moon
the White House is still
Whitman’s White House, its
gorgeous front
full of reality, full of illusion

hope made wise by dread begins again

–Frank Bidart in Slate, 20 January 2009

Frank Bidart reading, links here.

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2 thoughts on “Frank Bidart–”Inauguration Day”

  1. This densely excellent poem, published over two years ago, managed to elude my radar till today, when I read Professor Steven Gould’s rich essay “Frank Bidart’s ‘Inauguration Day’” in the March/April 2011 edition of The American Poetry Review.

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