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The Word on the Street

Paul Muldoon

The Word on the Street by Paul Muldoon, ‘The most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.’ (Times Literary Supplement)

Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571299065
Date Published
21.03.2013
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Summary

In this new collection Paul Muldoon goes back to the essential meaning of the term ‘lyric’ -a short poem sung to the accompaniment of a musical instrument. These words are written for music, assuredly, with half an ear to Yeats’s ballad-singing porter drinkers and half to Cole Porter-and indeed, many of them double as rock songs, performed by the Wayside Shrines, the Princeton-based music collective of which Muldoon is a member. Their themes are the classic themes of song: lost love, lost wars, Charlton Heston, barbed wire, pole dancers, cellulite, Hegel, elephants, Oedipus, more barbed wire, Buddy Holly, Jersey peaches, Julius Caesar, Trenton, cockatoos, and the Youngers (Bob and John and Jim and Cole).The Word on the Street is a lively addition to this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet’s masterful body of work. It demonstrates, once again, that, as Richard Eder has written in the pages of the New York Times Book Review, ‘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.’

PaulMuldoon

Paul Muldoon is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the most recent, Howdie-Skelp (2021). His other awards include 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…

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