Moy Sand and Gravel

Poems

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.
 
Moy Sand and Gravel is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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"A marvellous book; nothing human, or inhuman, is alien to it."--Andrew Motion, The Independent Books of the Year

"Among the few significant poets of our half-century." --Tim Kendall, The Guardian

"Paul Muldoon is a shape-shifting Proteus to readers who try to pin him down...Those who interrogate Muldoon's poems find themselves changing shapes each time he does... authentically touched or delighted." --Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review

"One of the English-Speaking world's most acclaimed poets still at the top of his slippery, virtuosic game." --Publishers Weekly

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Paul Muldoon is the author of eight previous books of poetry, collected in Poems 1968-1998 (FSG, 2001). He teaches at Princeton University and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 2004
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ISBN: 9780374528843
ISBN10: 0374528845
5 1/16 x 7 15/16 inches, 120 pages
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