Selected Poems 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon

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He is close up, whispering in the reader’s ear. What I always imagine he is saying is his own version of this line from the poet Rita Dove: “If you feel strange, strange things will happen to you.”
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“The most significant English-Language poet born since the second world war.” ―The Times Literary Supplement

Selected Poems 1968–2014 offers forty-six 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,” Paul Muldoon seems determined to escape definition, yet this volume, compiled by the poet himself, serves as an indispensable introduction to his trademark combination of intellectual hijinks and emotional honesty. Among his many honors are the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Shakespeare Prize “for contributions from English-speaking Europe to the European inheritance.”

“Among contemporaries, Paul Muldoon, 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.” ―Roger Rosenblatt, The New York Times

 

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Anita Diamant, the author of six books about contemporary Jewish life and two novels, is a prizewinning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting. The Red Tent, her first novel, was named Book Sense Book of the Year. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband
 
Published November 22, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Aug 24 2017

Equal parts bar crawl and blessing, formal adventure and shaggy dog, Muldoon’s work looks both backward and forward and finds new ways to rhyme them.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Nov 22 2016

Mr. Muldoon writes nature poems and urban poems and sex poems; he is at home in every setting....A few of his poems are well-nigh impenetrable. The voltage in his head is not the same as in ours.

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Nov 22 2016

He is close up, whispering in the reader’s ear. What I always imagine he is saying is his own version of this line from the poet Rita Dove: “If you feel strange, strange things will happen to you.”

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