Tom Paulin The Wind Dog (Faber Poetry)

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The Wind Dog (Faber Poetry)

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The 'wind dog' is a broken rainbow, but, in the title poem of Tom Paulin's sixth collection, it provides this most agile of poets with a perfect bridge into childhood and its 'lingo-jingo of beginnings'. The poem is a gloriously singing meditation on the life of the ear - 'the only true reader' - and the meaning and music of both words and pre-verbal sounds are a recurring theme in this rich, cogent and prosodically adventurous volume.

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"Tom Paulin is among the best of a great generation of Irish poets."--"The Sunday Telegraph" "Paulin writes an extraordinary language, even when he's not inventing words or exhibiting some unsuspected prize from the hoard of Irish English."--"Guardian" "An original and challenging voice. . . . Ghosts, living and dead--from Chagall to Verlaine, from Lucan to Larkin--haunt these pages, but of all these figures, James Joyce casts the longest shadow. Paulin's improvisatory, allusive, pun-filled, occasionally baggy style owes much to the great novelist. . . . [His] meditations on the nature of Irish identity are sinuous and profound."--"Kirkus Reviews"

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Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published eight collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style and, most recently, Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent. His most recent collection of poems is The Road to Inver (2004). Well known for his appearances on the BBC's Newsnight Review, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.

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