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Howdie-Skelp: New Poetry by Paul Muldoon

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet delivers a sharp wake-up call with his “howdie-skelp” which isslap in the face a midwife gives a newborn..

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet delivers a sharp wake-up call with his “howdie-skelp” which isslap in the face a midwife gives a newborn, a wake-up call, call to action.

The poems in Howdie-Skelp, which is also Paul Muldoon’s fourteenth and latestcollection, include a nightmarish remake of The Waste Land, an elegy for his fellow Northern Irish poet Ciaran Carson, a crown of sonnets that responds to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a translation from the ninth-century Irish, and a Yeatsian sequence of ekphrastic poems that call into question the very idea of an “affront” to good taste. Muldoon is a poet who continues not only to capture but to hold our attention.

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