OVERRIDE

Poems 1968-1998

Paul Muldoon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Ireland"
The Volkswagen parked in the gap,
But gently ticking over.
You wonder if it's lovers
And not men hurrying back
Across two fields and a river.

Sven Birkerts has said, "It is not usual for a poet of Muldoon's years to have . . . an oeuvre disclosing significant shifts and evolutions. But Muldoon, more than most, is an artist in high flight from self-repetition and the deadening business of living up to created expectations." The body of work in Poems 1968-1998 -- a comprehensive gathering of Paul Muldoon's eight volumes -- finds a great poet reinventing himself at every turn. Muldoon's career thus far shows us a fascinatingly mutable climate in which each freshening period brings -- as his first collection was predictively titled -- 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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  • 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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Paul Muldoon

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