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Frolic and Detour

Frolic and Detour

ISBN
9780571354498
Published
26/09/2019
9780571354498
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
144

About the Book

Although Frolic and Detour is Paul Muldoon’s thirteenth book, it has all the passion and provocation we more often associate with a first collection.

Ranging as it does from poems that take as their subject matter the Native American leaders Joseph Brant and Mangas Coloradas, through the Great War, the Irish Rising, hunting with eagles, the house wren, all the way to the day-to-day assault of twenty-first-century America, Frolic and Detour reminds us that the sidelong glance is the sweetest, the tangential approach the most telling. It also confirms Dwight Garner’s assessment of Selected Poems 1968–2014 in the New York Times: ‘a compact, powerful book, filled with catharses you didn’t know you needed’.

Although Frolic and Detour is Paul Muldoon’s thirteenth book, it has all the passion and provocation we more often associate with a first collection. Ranging as it does from poems that take as their subject matter the Native American leaders Joseph Brant and Mangas Coloradas, through the Great War, the Irish Rising, hunting with eagles, the house wren, all the way to the day-to-day assault of twenty-first-century America, Frolic and Detour reminds us that the sidelong glance is the sweetest, the tangential approach the most telling. It also confirms Dwight Garner’s assessment of Selected Poems 1968–2014 in the New York Times: ‘a compact, powerful book, filled with catharses you didn’t know you needed’.
  • Paul Muldoon

    Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He read English at Queen's University, Belfast, and published his first collection of poems, New Weather, in 1973. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Horse Latitudes (2006). Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. From 1999 to 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in 1996. Other recent awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, and the 2003 Griffin Prize.

“Frolic and Detour is a perfect title: there’s plenty of both in this new collection from Ireland’s most ingenious poet . . . A treat.”
- Tristram Fane Saunders, Daily Telegraph, Poetry Book of the Month
“Almost every page shows a dazzle and glamour that few other contemporary poets might reach . . . This is poetry at its most wide-ranging and curious about the world but cleverly fettered in formal strictures and structures. If you buy one book of poetry this year, make it this one.’”
- Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

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