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MUDe

John Redmond

MUDe by John Redmond
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ISBN: 978 1 857549 27 0
Categories: 21st Century
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: June 2008
216 x 135 x 5 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Your ten-year-old self is here
    A little ball is here
    # Beesmoke flows up in the blue: You have released me, mortal, name your wish!
    Your ten-year-old self spreads his arms wide in the manner of a goal-keeper.
    He is guarding the fireplace for all he is worth!

    You hear the wind slumping up and down the chimney.

    Your ten-year-old self asks: Want to play!?

     

                                                                                                            from ‘MUDe’

    MUDs are Multi-User Dimensions, online worlds created by language alone. In a collection that throws Irish poetry into the electronic age, John Redmond explores the Internet and car culture, MUDs and moods. New forms of post-industrial community enable us to co-exist facelessly across time and distance, connected but solitary in the virtual realities of the motorway and the Internet. In the title poem, the reader becomes game-player in Redmond’s fictional MUD, where a traditional Irish landscape blurs with fantasy elements. Redmond creates a new kind of poetry from the online world’s fissiparous language, elliptical, self-interrupting, and fizzing with invention.




    Cover photograph Nathan Lankford, Florida &16th © 2008 Cover design StephenRaw.com







    John Redmond was born in Dublin in 1967. After completing a D. Phil on the subject of contemporary poetry at Oxford, he taught for two years at Macalester College in Minnesota. Currently he is a Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool. He reviews poetry widely and was associated ... read more
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