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Paul Muldoon - Author

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Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He read English at Queen's University, Belfast, and published his first collection of poems, New Weather, in 1973. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Horse Latitudes (2006). Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University.

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Dislocations

Dislocations

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Roger Rosenblatt, writing in the New York Times in 2016, described Paul Muldoon as `one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems - word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.' This is a selection (chosen by poet John Kinsella) of some of the more linguistically innovative and overtly 'experimental' poems from Muldoon's extensive and verbally rich oeuvre. Muldoon is always innovative and `electric', but the focus in this selection is on linguistic `departures' in his own practice. Both inside and outside the avant-garde, Muldoon is ultimately a maverick whose unique voice is nonetheless steeped in the politics of a bilingual Irish poetics, with a forensic dissection of `New World'-`Old World' (false) verbal dynamics. We see and hear his poems in juxtaposition and proximity, in terms of those elements of his work that are possibly less appreciated and discussed by those who cast him as a lyrical purist who 'plays' with language. Muldoon's is a poetry that is compelled, propelled and is 'political' in complex arrays, and isn't about `gameplay' per se, but a politics of language. Muldoon has a driving purpose in all he writes, and the reader and listener may begin to get a sense of the possibilities of this purpose through engaging with this book.

Frolic and Detour

Frolic and Detour

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Although Frolic and Detour is Paul Muldoon's thirteenth book, it has all the passion and provocation we more often associate with a first collection. Ranging as it does from poems that take as their subject matter the Native American leaders Joseph Brant and Mangas Coloradas, through the Great War, the Irish Rising, hunting with eagles, the house wren, all the way to the day-to-day assault of twenty-first-century America, Frolic and Detour reminds us that the sidelong glance is the sweetest, the tangential approach the most telling. It also confirms Dwight Garner's assessment of Selected Poems 1968-2014 in the New York Times: 'a compact, powerful book, filled with catharses you didn't know you needed'.

Meeting the British

Meeting the British

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2019

Meeting the British is Paul Muldoon's fifth collection of poems. They range from an account of the first recorded case of germ warfare, through a meditation on a bar of soap, to a sequence of monologues spoken by some of the famous, or infamous, inhabitants of '7, Middagh Street', New York, on Thanksgiving Day, 1940.

The Ancestor

The Ancestor

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2018

Drawn from Hong Kong International Poetry Nights 2011, The Ancestor is a chapbook of poetry by Paul Muldoon presented in both English and Chinese. The Ancestor is also available along with the works of other internationally renowned poets in Words and the World (Twenty-volume Set). Selected poems from this volume are featured in the anthology Words and the World: International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong.

Sadie and the Sadists: Song Lyrics

Sadie and the Sadists: Song Lyrics

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2017

This particular pamphlet is beautifully designed, printed on high-stock paper, with a proper spine, and an ultra-cool cover. It features 19 song lyrics - zany, witty, brilliant, sometimes startling - by the master poet, songs played by his band, Rogue Oliphant.

Selected Poems 1968-2014

Selected Poems 1968-2014

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Selected Poems 1968-2014 offers forty-five years of work drawn from twelve individual collections by a poet who 'began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso' (Michael Hofmann). Hailed by Seamus Heaney as 'one of the era's true originals', Muldoon seems determined to escape definition yet this volume, chosen by the poet himself, serves as an indispensable introduction to his trademark combination of intellectual high jinx and emotional honesty. Among his many honours are the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Shakespeare Prize 'for contributions from English-speaking Europe to the European inheritance.'

Why Brownlee Left

Why Brownlee Left

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Why Brownlee Left, a Poetry Book Society Choice and winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, confirmed Paul Muldoon's reputation as the most inventive voice of his generation when it was first published in 1980. The key figure in the poet's third collection is the enigmatic Brownlee; strong-willed and wayward, past shaky, future hazy, present whereabouts uncertain. There are many new departures here, but Why Brownlee Left also explores with increasing authority themes already apparent in New Weather (1973) and Mules (1977). It culminates in a retelling of 'Immram Mael Duin', a strange voyage of self-discovery by the poet's legendary ancestor.

Selected Poems 1968-2014

Selected Poems 1968-2014

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2016

A thrilling new selection of Paul Muldoon's poetry, drawn from over four decades and twelve individual collections. A poet who 'began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso' (Michael Hofmann) and hailed by Seamus Heaney as 'one of the era's true originals', Paul Muldoon seems almost to defy definition in his work; nevertheless, this selection, chosen by the poet himself, will serve new readers as an indispensable introduction to his trademark combination of intellectual high jinx and emotional honesty. And for those readers already familiar with his work, the volume provides a panoramic glance across the meteoric career of a poet who performs 'high above the regular traffic of poetry' (Sunday Times).

Selected Poems 1968-2014

Selected Poems 1968-2014

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2016

Selected Poems 1968-2014 offers forty-five years of work drawn from twelve individual collections by a poet who 'began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso' (Michael Hofmann). Hailed by Seamus Heaney as 'one of the era's true originals', Muldoon seems determined to escape definition yet this volume, chosen by the poet himself, serves as an indispensable introduction to his trademark combination of intellectual high jinx and emotional honesty. Among his many honours are the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Shakespeare Prize 'for contributions from English-speaking Europe to the European inheritance.'

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2016

Paul Muldoon's new book, his twelfth collection of poems, is wide-ranging in its subject matter yet is everywhere concerned with watchfulness. Heedful, hard won, head-turning, heartfelt, these poems attempt to bring scrutiny to bear on everything, including scrutiny itself. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing confirms Nick Laird's assessment, in the New York Review of Books, that Paul Muldoon is 'the most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, [who] writes poems like no one else.'

Songs and Sonnets

Songs and Sonnets

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2013

In this selection from five years' worth of lyrics, accompanied by recent sonnets, Paul Muldoon recalls the bardic traditions of his homeland where songs and poems exist somewhere in between Parnassus and Tin Pan Alley.

Songs and Sonnets

Songs and Sonnets

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2012

Paul Muldoon has been interested in writing for music for at least twenty years, over which time he has collaborated with composers as various as Mark-Anthony Turnage, Warren Zevon, and Wayside Shrines, the Princeton-based musical collective of which he is a founder member. Songs and Sonnets brings together poems and lyrics from a writer who has been described by The Irish Times as 'a force of nature.'

When The Pie Was Opened

When The Pie Was Opened

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2012

Adventures in Form

Adventures in Form

Author: Paul Muldoon, Iain Sinclair, Hannah Silva Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2012

A Poetry Book Society Special Commendation The Independent 50 Best Summer Reads Welcome to a strange new world in which a poem can be written using only one vowel, processed through computer code, collaged from film trailers, compiled from Facebook status updates, hidden inside a Sudoku puzzle, and even painted on sheep to demonstrate Quantum Theory. Discover a multitude of new and unusual poetic forms - from tweet to time-splice, and from skinny villanelle to breakbeat sonnet - in this inspiring and inventive anthology. Adventures in Form features over ninety poems by forty-six contributors including Patience Agbabi, Christian Bok, Joe Dunthorne, Inua Ellams, Roddy Lumsden, Ian McMillan, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Padel and Hannah Silva. Edited and introduced by Tom Chivers.

Lord Byron

Lord Byron

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our literature. She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. -- She Walks in Beauty

Maggot

Maggot

Author: Paul Muldoon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

In his eleventh full-length collection, Paul Muldoon reminds us that he is a traditional poet who is steadfastly at odds with tradition. If the poetic sequence is the main mode of Maggot, it certainly isn't your father's poetic sequence. Taking as a starting point W. B. Yeats's remark that the only fit topics for a serious mood are 'sex and the dead', Muldoon finds unexpected ways of thinking and feeling about what it means to come to terms with the early twenty-first century. It's no accident that the centerpiece of Maggot is an outlandish meditation on a failed poem that draws on the vocabulary of entomological forensics. The last series of linked lyrics, meanwhile, takes as its 'subject' the urge to memorialize the scenes of fatal car accidents. The extravagant linkage of rot and the erotic is at the heart of not only the title-sequence but many of the round-songs that characterize Maggot and has led Angela Leighton, writing in the TLS, to see these new poems (on their earlier appearance in Plan B, an interim volume which included several of the poems in Maggot) as giving readers 'a thrilling, wild, fairground ride, with few let-ups for the squeamish.'

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