Paul Muldoon: New Weather

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Paul Muldoon's first collection of poetry was published when he was only twenty-one years old, an undergraduate student at Queen's University, Belfast. Well-received by reviewers at the time, it has since tended to be characterised as an example of over-excited and premature publication, with John Goodby describing it as “a youthfully promising if slightly rushed debut” and Tim Kendall going further still: “it is obvious in retrospect that Muldoon should have waited longer before publishing his first volume”. Nevertheless, for all its undeniable flaws, New Weather remains a remarkable document, rehearsing as it does so many of the tricks, poses, voices and evasions that would come to typify the style of this …

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Phillips, Ivan. "New Weather". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2003
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