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ISBN-10: 0374539103
ISBN-13: 9780374539108
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 11/03/2020
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.00" W, 0.50" H

Frolic and Detour: Poems

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A new collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Though Frolic and Detour is Paul Muldoon’s thirteenth collection, it shows all the energy and ambition we might generally associate with a first book. Here, the poet brings his characteristic humor and humanity to the chickadee, the house wren, the deaths of Leonard Cohen and C. K. Williams, the Irish Rising, the Great War, and how “a streak of ragwort / may yet shine / as an off-the-record / remark becomes the party line.”

Frolic and Detour reminds us that the sidelong glance is the sweetest, the tangential approach the most telling, and shows us why Paul Muldoon was described by Nick Laird, writing in The New York Review of Books, as “the most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, [who] writes poems like no one else.”

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A Financial Times Book of the Year 2019

Celebrated for his dense, imaginative allusions, Muldoon fills his poems with a cast from antiquity to the present. –Publishers Weekly

One of the world's finest poets at his best. –Raul Nino, Booklist

Muldoon's extraordinary facility with both familiar and rare closed forms and his acrobatically inventive rhyming and off-rhyming have diminished not a whit in his sixties . . . Like Ashbery in his final collections, or Cohen in his final albums, Muldoon has nothing left to prove, and can take delight simply in doing what he inimitably does. And his delight is ours. –Paul Scott Stanfield, Ploughshares

Muldoon's 13th collection applies his characteristically nimble rhymes and musical faculty for language to matters of art (Picasso, Braque), history (the Easter Rising, World War I) and mortality. –Jyoti Thottam, The New York Times Book Review

[Muldoon] has Donne's baroque intellectual conceits, but also Byron's ebullience in word-play... If you buy one book of poetry this year, make it this one. –Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

For all his wit, Muldoon can still be deeply moving. –Tristram Fane Saunders, Daily Telegraph

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Details

ISBN-10: 0374539103
ISBN-13: 9780374539108
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 11/03/2020
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.00" W, 0.50" H
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