Poems 1968-1998

Poems 1968-1998

Paul Muldoon


A awesome and various selection of poems spanning the profession of a real original.

My arms are uncooked. I'm itching to chop the wire, to unpackthat hay-accordion, that hay-concertina.
It has to be ten o'clock. There's nonetheless sufficient gentle
(not least from the glow

of the bales themselves) for a physique to envision
that whilst one bursts, as now, whatever takes flight
from these hot-and-heavy field pleats. This a lot, a minimum of,
I recognize.

—from "Hay"

Poems 1968-1998 — a meeting of Paul Muldoon's 8 volumes — unearths a very good poet reinventing himself at each flip, "a shape-shifting Proteus to readers who try and pin him down," as Richard Eder observes. "Those who interrogate Muldoon's poems locate themselves altering shapes every time he does . . . authentically touched or delighted." Muldoon, whom The occasions Literary Supplement has known as "the most vital English-language poet born because the moment global War," situates us in a fascinatingly mutable weather within which every one freshening interval brings — as his first assortment was once predictively titled — new climate.

Paul Muldoon was once born in Northern eire in 1951. He lives along with his relations in New Jersey, the place he chairs the inventive Writing application at Princeton collage. In 1999 he was once elected Professor of Poetry on the collage of Oxford.

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