Moy Sand and Gravel (Hardback)
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Moy Sand and Gravel (Hardback)

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Hardback 112 Pages / Published: 21/10/2002
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Paul Muldoon's ninth collection of poems, his first since "Hay" (1998), finds him working a rich vein that extends from the apple-heavy County Armagh of the 1950s, where he was brought up, to suburban New Jersey, on the banks of a canal dug by Irish navvies, where he now lives. Grounded, glistening, as gritty as they are graceful, these poems seem capable of taking in almost anything, and anybody, be it a Tuareg glimpsed on the Irish border, Bessie Smith, Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth I, a hunted hare, William Tell, William Butler Yeats, Sitting Bull, Ted Hughes, an otter, a fox, Mr and Mrs Stanley Joscelyne, an unearthed pit pony, a killdeer, Oscar Wilde or a flock of redknots. At the heart of the book is an elegy for a miscarried child, and that elegiac tone predominates, particularly in the elegant remaking of Yeats's "A Prayer for My Daughter", with which the book concludes, where a welter of traffic signs and slogans, along with the spirits of admen, hardware storekeepers, flim-flammers, fixers and other forbears, are borne along by a hurricane-swollen canal, and private grief coincides with some of the gravest matter of our age.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571215355
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 228 g
Dimensions: 207 x 136 x 15 mm

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