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Maggot Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571269257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571269259
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.5 x 22.2 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,362,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

"Paul Muldoon is a shape-shifting Proteus to readers who try to pin him down . . . Those who interrogate Muldoon's poems find themselves changing shapes each time he does." --Richard Eder, "The New York Times Book Review"

"["Maggot"] is filled with haunting images of decay and doom, from hares grazing dangerously on a runway to a geisha's body found on a Japanese mountain ... Muldoon has recently said that he could give up poetry, but this book suggests it isn't giving up on him." --Patricia Monaghan, "Booklist"

"Mr. Muldoon revels in the disorder that wriggles beneath and below even the most rigid order ... His new work is a teeming infested book from a teeming, infested mind. It bucks what its author calls "this tiresome trend / towards peace and calm." --Dwight Garner, "The New York Times"

"["Maggot"] is grim, grave, swashbuckling, and made from the marrow of English: there may be no more adaptable strong style in the language than Muldoon's." --Dan Chiasson

"In "Maggot" ... the endlessly inventive Paul Muldoon offers his usual sly puzzle disguised as poems ... [Muldoon] treats themes of sex, decay and death with startling, acrobatic wit." --Carmela Ciuraru, "The Los Angeles Times"

"Muldoon has been a major figure in English language poetry for decades. Despite being as established an established poet as the establishment will allow, there is the vivacity in this collection of a poet with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Maggot is a rare marriage between the frantic radical energy of a rebellious youth and the sophistication of a master of the form." --Josh Cook, "Bookslut"

"The most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, he writes poems like no one else . . . ["Maggot"'s] ingenious poems inform and explicate one another, sharing lines, imagery, even epigraphs . . . When "Maggot," with a little pressure, opens up, what surfaces is a sad, acidic masterwork. It's about endings: of relationships, of lives. There's betrayal, sex, and violence (always linked in Muldoon) and the dominant trope of decomposition: cancers, sod farms, wayside shrines, even lepers . . . "Maggot" is enormously dexterous . . . a fine collection by one of our very finest poets." --Nick Laird, "New York Review of Books"

Paul Muldoon is a shape-shifting Proteus to readers who try to pin him down . . . Those who interrogate Muldoon's poems find themselves changing shapes each time he does. "Richard Eder, The New York Times Book Review"

["Maggot"] is filled with haunting images of decay and doom, from hares grazing dangerously on a runway to a geisha's body found on a Japanese mountain Muldoon has recently said that he could give up poetry, but this book suggests it isn't giving up on him. "Patricia Monaghan, Booklist"

Mr. Muldoon revels in the disorder that wriggles beneath and below even the most rigid order His new work is a teeming infested book from a teeming, infested mind. It bucks what its author calls "this tiresome trend / towards peace and calm. "Dwight Garner, The New York Times"

["Maggot"] is grim, grave, swashbuckling, and made from the marrow of English: there may be no more adaptable strong style in the language than Muldoon's. "Dan Chiasson"

In "Maggot" the endlessly inventive Paul Muldoon offers his usual sly puzzle disguised as poems [Muldoon] treats themes of sex, decay and death with startling, acrobatic wit. "Carmela Ciuraru, The Los Angeles Times"

Muldoon has been a major figure in English language poetry for decades. Despite being as established an established poet as the establishment will allow, there is the vivacity in this collection of a poet with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Maggot is a rare marriage between the frantic radical energy of a rebellious youth and the sophistication of a master of the form. "Josh Cook, Bookslut"

The most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, he writes poems like no one else . . . ["Maggot"'s] ingenious poems inform and explicate one another, sharing lines, imagery, even epigraphs . . . When "Maggot," with a little pressure, opens up, what surfaces is a sad, acidic masterwork. It's about endings: of relationships, of lives. There's betrayal, sex, and violence (always linked in Muldoon) and the dominant trope of decomposition: cancers, sod farms, wayside shrines, even lepers . . . "Maggot" is enormously dexterous . . . a fine collection by one of our very finest poets. "Nick Laird, New York Review of Books"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Maggot, by Paul Muldoon - 'The most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.' (TLS)

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