[11/16/2021] Howdie-Skelp by Paul Muldoon

[11/16/2021] Howdie-Skelp by Paul Muldoon

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Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

Publisher Marketing: The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet delivers a sharp wake-up call with his fourteenth collection.

A "howdie-skelp" is the slap in the face a midwife gives a newborn. It's a wake-up call. A call to action.

The poems in Howdie-Skelp, Paul Muldoon's new collection, include a nightmarish remake of The Waste Land, an elegy for his fellow Northern Irish poet Ciaran Carson, a crown of sonnets that responds to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a translation from the ninth-century Irish, and a Yeatsian sequence of ekphrastic poems that call into question the very idea of an "affront" to good taste. Muldoon is a poet who continues not only to capture but to hold our attention.