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Moy sand and gravel

Author: Paul Muldoon
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Muldoon
ISBN: 0374214808 9780374214807 0374528845 9780374528843
OCLC Number: 48893055
Awards: Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 2003.
Description: ix, 107 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Hard drive --
Unapproved road --
Moy sand and gravel --
The misfits --
The braggart --
The whinny --
A collegelands catechism --
Beagles --
Tell --
Guns and butter --
One last draw of the pipe --
Caedmon's hymn --
Paul Valéry: Pomegranates --
Pineapples and pomegranates --
Winter wheat --
Herm --
Whitethorns --
Affairs of state --
The otter --
John Luke: The fox --
Anthony Green: the second marriage --
As --
The stoic --
Famous first words --
The grand conversation --
On --
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 --
Homesickness --
Two stabs at Oscar --
The breather --
The goose --
A brief discourse on decommissioning --
The turn --
Redknots --
Cradle song for Asher --
At the sign of the black horse, September 1999.
Responsibility: 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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