Plan B by Paul Muldoon

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An extraordinarily successful collaboration between the Irish poet, Paul Muldoon and the acclaimed Scottish photographer, Norman McBeath, in which there's an uncanny relationship between word and black-and-white image. Although a McBeath photograph (of a statue of Apollo wrapped in polythene) is directly invoked in one poem, much of the success of this beautifully produced book has to do with indirection and evocation. It's as if this book presents us with a distinctly new genre - photoetry. ""A collaboration with the talented Scottish photographer McBeath, whose black-and-white images suit the bitter, brilliant ironies in Muldoon's new poems. . . will shock and delight and whet transatlantic appetites."" Publishers Weekly """"Muldoon's unrivaled technical skill, on full display in Plan B, creates a deeply satisfying energy.""""-Harvard Review Online, April 2010

About Paul Muldoon

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Paul Muldoon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Moy Sand and Gravel, Hay, " and "The Annals of Chile, " among other noteworthy poetry collections. A former Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, he is currently Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Published April 1, 2009 by Enitharmon Press. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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There may be, as the title of the Wallace Stevens poem has it, 13 ways of looking at a blackbird, but this collaboration between Paul Muldoon and the photographer Norman McBeath yields 28 perspectives on 10 poems, loosely gathered around the theme of life's cock-ups, contingencies and conspiracies.

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