Horse Latitudes: Poems

Among Ireland’s best contemporary poets, Paul Muldoon pours forth a river of words resembling (to this Midwestern reviewer, at least) not so much Joyce’s Liffey as Twain’s Mississippi. His verse feels broad in its idiomatic currents, ever flowing and turning, perplexing sometimes in its unpredictable fathoms, but still remarkable to behold. Horse Latitudes, Muldoon’s first book since he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Moy Sand and Gravel, displays formal sophistication and a mercurial voice—from comically hip to elegiac, from allusive and learned to downright ornery.

 

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