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Moy Sand and Gravel Poems

ISBN-10: 0374528845

ISBN-13: 9780374528843

Edition: N/A

Authors: Paul Muldoon

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Paul Muldoon's ninth collection of poems, his first since Hay (1998), finds him working a rich vein that extends from the rivery, apple-heavy County Armagh of the 1950s, in which he was brought up, to suburban New Jersey, on the banks of a canal dug by Irish navvies, where he now lives. Grounded, glistening, as gritty as they are graceful, these poems seem capable of taking in almost anything, and anybody, be it a Tuareg glimpsed on the Irish border, Bessie Smith, Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth I, a hunted hare, William Tell, William Butler Yeats, Sitting Bull, Ted Hughes, an otter, a fox, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Joscelyne, un unearthed pit pony, a loaf of bread, an outhouse, a killdeer, Oscar Wilde, or a flock of redknots. At the heart of the book is an elegy for a miscarried child, and that elegiac tone predominates, particularly in the elegant remaking of Yeats's "A Prayer for My Daughter" with which the book concludes, where a welter of traffic signs and slogans, along with the spirits of admen, hardware storekeepers, flimflammers, fixers, and other forebears, are borne along by a hurricane-swollen canal, and private grief coincides with some of the gravest matter of our age.
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.28" tall
Weight: 0.264

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.

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Unapproved Road
Moy Sand and Gravel
The Misfits
The Braggart
The Whinny
A Collegelands Catechism
Guns and Butter
One Last Draw of the Pipe
Caedmon's Hymn
Paul Valery: Pomegranates
Pineapples and Pomegranates
Winter Wheat
Affairs of State
The Otter
John Luke: The Fox
Anthony Green: The Second Marriage
The Stoic
Famous First Words
The Grand Conversation
An Old Pit Pony
Summer Coal
The Loaf
The Outhouse
News Headlines from the Homer Noble Farm
The Killdeer
Horace: Two Odes
Eugenio Montale: The Eel
When Aifric and I Put in at That Little Creek
The Ancestor
Two Stabs at Oscar
The Breather
The Goose
A Brief Discourse on Decommissioning
The Turn
Cradle Song for Asher
At the Sign of the Black Horse, September 1999