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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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Paul Muldoon

Born in Northern Ireland, Muldoon currently resides in the US and teaches at Princeton University. He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 through 2004. In September 2007, Muldoon became the poetry editor of The New Yorker. Awards: 1992: Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Madoc: A Mystery1994: T. S. Eliot Prize for The Annals of Chile1997: Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry for New Selected Poems 1968-19942002: T. S. Eliot Prize (shortlist) for Moy Sand and Gravel2003: Griffin Poetry Prize (Canada) for Moy Sand and Gravel2003: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Moy Sand and Gravel2004: American Ireland Fund Literary Award2004: Aspen Prize 2004: Shakespeare Prize

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