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Thu 2/28, 2013, 7:30pm
Paul Muldoon
Poems that Double as Rock Lyrics

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In his new collection The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon goes back to the essential meaning of “lyric”—a short poem sung to the accompaniment of a musical instrument. And these words are written for music most assuredly, with half an ear to Yeats’ ballad-singing porter drinkers and half to Cole Porter—indeed, many of them do double-duty as rock lyrics for Muldoon’s band, Wayward Shrines. Their themes are the classic themes of song: lost love, lost wars, Charlton Heston, barbed wire, pole dancers, cellulite, elephants, Oedipus, Buddy Holly, Julius Caesar, cockatoos—and more barbed wire. Presented as part of the Town Hall Arts & Culture series with Elliott Bay Book Company.

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