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One Thousand Things Worth Knowing

Paul Muldoon

‘The most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.’ TLS

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Paul Muldoon’s new book, his twelfth collection of poems, is wide-ranging in its subject matter yet is everywhere concerned with watchfulness. Heedful, hard won, head-turning, heartfelt, these poems attempt to bring scrutiny to bear on everything, including scrutiny itself. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing confirms Nick Laird’s assessment, in the New York Review of Books, that Paul Muldoon is ‘the most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, [who] writes poems like no one else.’

Critic Reviews

Paul Muldoon can exasperate and enthral in the space of single poem. His ambition never falters, but his willingness to compromise diminishes steadily. Trust him and his One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, however, and you are repaid in full.

Ian Bell, The Herald
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No one can do this kind of involved poetic narrative better than Muldoon. The connections made are apparently serendipitous, and all the more compelling for that. His technical and linguistic brilliance is probably second to none; the poems are the textual equivalent of a high-wire act, with juggling.

Fran Brearton, Guardian
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Paul Muldoon's new collection is a stylish volume. Its elegant layout echoes almost subliminally what we have come to expect from this master of the trickster elements within language.

Fiona Sampson, Independent
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One of the world’s most revered post-war poets . . . a mighty collection.

Charlotte Runcie, Telegraph

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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