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Author Paul Muldoon Published by Faber & Faber ISBN 9780571365746 EAN 9780571365746 Bic Code Cover Hardback

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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 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.