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Poems 1968-1998

Paul Muldoon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A New York Times Notable Book

This diverse, impressive, and vast collection—comprising Muldoon's first eight volumes—finds a great poet reinventing himself at every turn. "He is a shape-shifting Proteus to readers who try to pin him down," as Richard Eder has observed. "Those who interrogate Muldoon's poems find themselves changing shapes each time he does . . . authentically touched or delighted." Muldoon, whom the Times Literary Supplement has called "the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War," situates readers in a richly mutable climate in which each period brings—as his first volume was aptly entitled—new weather.

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THE ELECTRIC ORCHARD

The early electric people had domesticated the wild ass.

They knew all about falling off.

Occasionally they would have fallen out of the trees.

Climbing again, they had something to prove

To their neighbours. And they did have neighbours.

The electric people lived in villages

Out of their need of security and their constant hunger.

Together they would divert their energies

To neutral places. Anger to the banging door,

Passion to the kiss.

And electricity to earth. Having stolen his thunder

From an angry

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Thirty years of work from "the most significant English-language poet born since the second world war --The Times Literary Supplement

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Paul Muldoon

  • Paul Muldoon was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. He lives with his family in New Jersey, where he chairs the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. In 1999 he was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.
  • Paul Muldoon Peter Cook
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