In his last book Madoc - aptly subtitled A Mystery - Muldoon employed consonantal rhymes with a dizzying sophistication and variety.The enigmatic prose-poem which prefaced that book ('The Key') ends with his 'footfalls already pre-empted by their echoes', an image which perfectly describes the subtle disturbance of his way of rhyming.Detailed country by country information on Internet censorship and surveillance is provided in the Freedom on the Net reports from Freedom House, by the Open Net Initiative, by Reporters Without Borders, and in the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices from the U. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
In his new book, 'Yarrow', a long piece composed of 150 short poems, takes rhyming into new territory.
Muldoon operates a kind of telescopic or long-distance rhyming whereby a poem rhymes not with itself but with another poem, usually adjacent to it.
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Where Muldoon speaks of the yarrow, mock-pedantic plant-book description soon shelves into a teasing evocation of his own procedure, the way his rhymes have been placed just beyond the threshold of audibility: 'With its bedraggled, feathery leaf and pink (less red than mauve) or off-white flower, its tight little knot of a head, it's like something keeping a secret from itself . .' The complexity of the scheme is mirrored by the poem's allusiveness - from Camoes to Hart Crane, Ovid to O'Rahilly.