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Horse Latitudes (Hardback)

Paul Muldoon

Horse Latitudes by Paul Muldoon is another stunning book of poetry, carrying its heavy emotional and conceptual weight with a skip in its stride, and Muldoon’s instantly-recognisable wit and verve.

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Paul Muldoon’s new collection opens with a sonnet sequence, ‘Horse Latitudes’, written as the U.S. embarked on its foray into Iraq. Of their recent pamphlet publication, he remarked that ‘the poems have to do with a series of historical battles (all beginning with the letter “B” as if to suggest a missing Baghdad), from post-Agreement Ireland to George W. Bush’s America, in which horses or mules played a major role. Intercut with these battle-scenes are accounts of a battle with cancer by a former lover, here named Carlotta, and a commentary on the agenda of what may only be described as the Bush “regime”.’


Paul Muldoon is the author of fifteen collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Among his other awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 2003 Griffin Prize, the 2015 Pigott Prize, and the 2017 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Born in County Armagh in 1951, he has…

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