There are few contemporary poets, if any, who can match his achievement.
— The London Magazine.
Muldoon . . . is a three-ring circus in which every aspiring young poet learns to tumble.
— Independent on Sunday (London)
In Kerry Slides Paul Muldoon brings his gifts to bear on the Dingle peninsula of County Kerry, an area in which he has lived and to which he returns. His characteristically original observations and thrilling word plays, rooted here deep in the elemental beauty of the Irish landscape and in its history, literature and mythology, are thrown into high relief by Bill Doyle’s pictorial record of Dingle, its surrounding townlands, and the Blasket Islands.
Muldoon’s wild rhymes and witty wordplay encapsulate history, myth, language, and landscape — and their odd contradictions . . . Coyle’s densely-textured photos seems dreamlike despite their sharpness; his eye sees beyond the picturesque to the archetypal. This is and inspired collaboration.
— Patricia Monaghan, American Library Association Booklist /
Newsletter of the Irish American Cultural Institute
. . . the opening and closing sonnets are alone worth the price of the book, and the majority of the other brief poems, or ‘slides,’ achieve the tactile, bracing colloquialism for which Muldoon is deservedly famous. Most of these untitled ‘slides’ illustrate Muldoon’s exceptional sensitivity to the heft and consonantal edge of the English language.
— William Doreski, Harvard Review
Readers who have found, elsewhere, how wonderful this poet can be . . . may find Muldoon’s travel sequence-cum-photo album not only diverting, but accomplished and delightful — even profound.
— Stephen Burt, The New Leader
This is a fascinating book of images drawn by two artists clearly taken by a part of the country they have stayed in over many years: an Ireland, that is, of the mind’s eye.
— Gerald Dawe, Irish Times
Year Published: 1996
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 213 4