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 Paul Muldoon‘s striking new collection Howdie-Skelp 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. Paul is a poet who continues not only to capture, but to hold, compellingly, our attention.
The hard-hitting new poetry collection from ‘Ireland’s most ingenious poet. The Telegraph
Very few poets, living or otherwise, can combine high-speed wit, tongue-twisting alliteration and dizzying rhyme with the kind of insight that makes us pause, laugh, remember; feel envious, out of breath, punch-drunk. Kit Fan, The Guardian
Paul Muldoon is the author of fourteen full length collections of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel, for which he received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Howdie-Skelp (2021) His other awards...Read More
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