Paul Muldoon Poems 1968 - 1998 by Paul Muldoon

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Yet my eye is drawn once again,
Almost against its wishes,
To the figure in the shadows,
Willowy, and clean-shaven,
As if he simply wandered in
Between mending that fuse
And washing the breakfast dishes.
--from "The Bearded Woman, by Ribera"

Sven Birkerts has said, "It is not usual for a poet of Muldoon's years to have an oeuvre disclosing significant shifts and evolutions. But Muldoon, more than most, is an artist in high flight from self-repetition and the deadening business of living up to created expectations." The body of work in Poems 1968-1998--a comprehensive gathering of Paul Muldoon's eight volumes---finds a great poet reinventing himself and recreating the business of poetry. The thirty-year effort of Muldoon's career thus far, is altogether like a fascinatingly mutable climate in which each freshening period brings---as his first collection was predictively titled---new weather.

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Paul Muldoon is the author of eleven books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel (FSG, 2002) and, most recently, Maggot (FSG, 2010). He is the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton.
Published April 18, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 479 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The first poem of his second collection (“Lunch with Pancho Villa”) has the Mexican revolutionary look askance at Muldoon’s first book of shattered pastorals and disaffected lyrics: “There’s more to living in this country / Than stars and horses, pigs and trees, / Not that you’d guess it from you...

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