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Weekly Poem for 22 February 2010

  • From ‘Extraordinary Rendition’

    You gave me back your frown
    and the most recent responsibility you’d shirked,
    along with something of your renown
    for having jumped from a cage before it jerked

    to a standstill, your wild rampage
    shot through with silver falderals,
    the speed of that falling cage
    and the staidness of our canyon walls.

    You gave me back lake-skies,
    pulley-glitches, gully-pitches, the reflected gleams
    of two tin plates and mugs in the shack,

    the echoes of love sighs
    and love screams
    our canyon walls had already given back.

    by Paul Muldoon

    © Paul Muldoon, 2009

    A collaborative work with photographer Norman McBeath, Plan B is an evocative set of visually-inspired poems from Paul Muldoon. Born in Northern Ireland, Muldoon is a world-renowned poet and academic. These lines are extracted from 'Extraordinary Rendition', one of the poems in the book. They display Muldoon's verbal dexterity and uncompromising tone, and convey a visceral yet understated power – an effect amplified by their juxtaposition with McBeath's stunning photographs. You can find out more about the book here, and more about Muldoon on this page.

    Enitharmon Press takes its name from a William Blake character who represents spiritual beauty and poetic inspiration. Founded in 1967 with an emphasis on independence and quality, Enitharmon has been associated with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Kathleen Raine. Enitharmon also commissions internationally renowned collaborations between artists, including Gilbert & George, and poets, including Seamus Heaney, under the Enitharmon Editions imprint. Discover more about Enitharmon here.

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