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.
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character who represents spiritual beauty and poetic inspiration.
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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.
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