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An extraordinarily successful collaboration between the Irish poet, Paul Muldoon and the acclaimed Scottish photographer, Norman McBeath, in which there's an uncanny relationship between word and black-and-white image. Although a McBeath photograph (of a statue of Apollo wrapped in polythene) is directly invoked in one poem, much of the success of this beautifully produced book has to do with indirection and evocation. It's as if this book presents us with a distinctly new genre - photometry.
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Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the BBC. Since 1987 he has lived in the USA, where he is now Howard G.B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. Muldoon's most recent collections of poetry are Moy Sand and Gravel (2002) and Horse Latitudes (2006). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon was elected a Member of the American Academy in Arts and Letters in 2008. Among his awards are the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the International Griffin Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the Shakespeare Prize. Norman McBeath's photography focuses on people and places. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have fifty of his portraits in their permanent collections. His exhibition Beyond Beirut, commissioned by the British Council, was shown in London, the Middle East and North Africa. Recent solo exhibitions include Evidence at Edinburgh Printmakers, with an introduction by A.L. Kennedy, andOxford at Night at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with an introduction by Jeanette Winterson - the first exhibition by a living photographer in the museum's history.

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A collaboration with the talented Scottish photographer McBeath, whose black-and-white images suit the bitter, brilliant ironies in Muldoon's new poems. . . will shock and delight and whet transatlantic appetites. -- Starred Review "Publishers Weekly"

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