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Maggot : Poems (Hardcover)

Author: Muldoon, Paul

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Of Plan B, an interim volume that included several of the poems in Maggot, Robert McCrum recently said in the LondonObserver that "Paul Muldoon, who has done so much to reimagine the poet's task, has surpassed himself with his latest collection." In his eleventh full-length book, Muldoon reminds us that he is a traditional poet who is steadfastly at odds with tradition. If the poetic sequence is the main mode of Maggot, it certainly isn't your father's poetic sequence. Taking as a starting point W. B. Yeats's remark that the only fit topics for a serious mood are "sex and the dead," Muldoon finds unexpected ways of thinking and feeling about what it means to come to terms with the early twenty-first century. It's no accident that the centerpiece ofMaggot is an outlandish meditation on a failed poem that draws on the vocabulary of entomological forensics. The last series of linked lyrics, meanwhile, takes as its subject the urge to memorialize the scenes of fatal automobile accidents. The extravagant linkage of rot and the erotic is at the heart of not only the title sequence but also many of the round songs that characterizeMaggot, and has led Angela Leighton, writing in The Times Literary Supplement, to see these new poems as giving readers "a thrilling, wild, fairground ride, with few let-ups for the squeamish."

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Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Mfg Part# 9780374200329
SKU 214702285
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0374200327
Release Date 8/31/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0134
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
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