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The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics Hardcover – February 19, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374261083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374261085
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is still Paul Muldoon. While these lyrics follow a more rigid, verse/chorus/verse structure than many of his poems, there are lines that are heavy with allusions and obsessed with their own creation, as is characteristic of the poet . . . The work in this book mostly resembles the wordy lyrics of another New Jersey poet, Bruce Springsteen . . . What both Mr. Springsteen and Mr. Muldoon seem to realize is that a rock lyric does not have to force its poetic prowess. The ‘go-cart Mozarts’ and ‘racket boys’ on the boardwalk of Mr. Springsteen’s lyrics occupy the same place as the fact-checker who can’t properly trace the root of pilus in Mr. Muldoon’s ‘News Headlines from the Homer Noble Farm,’ or the barley farmer who abandons his land without a word in ‘Why Brownlee Left.’ They are symptoms of a larger sadness brewing in the space between the philosophical and the mundane. They want to escape—their town, their class, their lover—but sense the futility of retreat. The nameless band at the center of ‘Comeback’ had ‘no sooner said farewell / Than it was time to reunite.’ They end up back in Jersey, playing the Meadowlands, ‘just another band / With only two surviving members.’” —Michael H. Miller, The New York Observer

Praise for Paul Muldoon

“The most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, [Muldoon] writes poems like no one else.” —Nick Laird, The New York Review of Books

About the Author

Paul Muldoon is the author of eleven books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel (FSG, 2002) and, most recently, Maggot (FSG, 2010). He is the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ward Love on July 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Praise already abounds for the poet that created this volume, so I won't bother adding to that - or taking away from it either! This book is an enigma; the cover catches your eye, with a backwards colored "manhole cover in a street" theme that seems to be metallic (gold) where it should be matte black and vice versa. Hmmm. Then picking up the slim volume, you find that the back cover listed the tracks,er...excuse me, the contents...and is headed with an invitation to visit a website to listen to the songs...I mean poems...Whatever!

This isn't a book jacket; it's a CD - but with opening the cover, you discover that it indeed is composed of words; there is not a note of melody to be heard. Now is the hard part. Reading these small gems of alphabetic construction before giving in to the temptation to just head directly to the website for a quick listen!

And reading the lyrics (After all, the title proclaims that it is "Rock Lyrics.") first is the correct thing to do, prior to heading for the computer or other magical device to access the website and the performed version of the written words. To be sure, I feel that the music, standing on its own would be very nice. But "The Word On The Street" manages to be something this is fresh and delightful. Ultimately, whether you enjoy the lyrics, or you enjoy the sound of the performance online, or you think either or both of them to be a waste of time, you have been drawn into a special place and you have, by your own volition, become a part of the creative process.

You have, in a way, become a poet or a creator of music lyrics and are now vastly more influential than you were just a few moments ago. A "Grammy" must surely follow!
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