Hay by Paul Muldoon
Poems

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Muldoon's eighth book of poems--and his most delightful yet.

Writing of Paul Muldoon's last collection, The Annals of Chile, for which he won the T. S. Eliot Prize, Seamus Heaney described him as "one of the era's true originals." A. S. Byatt has spoken of Muldoon as "an original genius, using words in a new way, witty and profound."

That combination of wit and profundity is everywhere apparent in Hay, an extraordinarily vital and various new collection that contains the most open and inviting as well as some of the most satisfying poems Muldoon has ever written. They range from a dream-vision in a New Jersey mudroom to a poem based on English and American proverbs to another taking the form of an errata slip to a sequence of thirty sonnets set in a Paris restaurant where it seems a waiter finds a "muldoon"--a stolen credit card--belonging to Mr. Muldoon.

By turns glorious and gritty, elegant and edgy, this new book is sure to bring even wider acclaim for "the much-laurelled Irish wonder-poet" (The Independent on Sunday, London) who "began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso" (Michael Hofmann, The Times, London).

 

About Paul Muldoon

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Paul Muldoon was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. He lives with his wife, the novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, & his two children in New Jersey, & teaches at Princeton University. In 1999 he was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by Faber and Faber. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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but his best poems ground his visionary sensibility in everyday observation: —The Mudroom— and two poems titled —The Bangle,— in particular, rely on a collage of imagery and idiom, from Yiddish slang, Asian clarity, and classical allusion to the common items found in a mudroom (hubcap, extra frid...

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More than two decades ago, Seamus Heaney wrote of his former student Paul Muldoon that his hermetic tendency can lead him into puzzles rather than poems. Since then, Muldoon has evolved into a

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More than two decades ago, Seamus Heaney wrote of his former student Paul Muldoon that his ""hermetic tendency"" can lead him ""into puzzles rather than poems."" Since then, Muldoon has evolved into a kind of anti-Heaney, creating poetic puzzles of daunting erudition and fascinating complexity, w...

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