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In Garden State, They Put Verse Things First

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  • Peter Murphy
    Letter From New Jersey In Garden State, They Put Verse Things First When Paul Muldoon won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry this spring, he became the third winner
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2003
      Letter From New Jersey
      In Garden State, They Put Verse Things First

      When Paul Muldoon won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry this spring, he became
      the third winner of the prize from New Jersey in the last four years. (Brian
      Branch-price -- AP)

      By Robert Strauss
      Special to The Washington Post
      Monday, May 26, 2003; Page A03


      EXIT 4, THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE -- It might seem the likely route for a
      poet in New Jersey would be to find as many words as possible to rhyme with
      "turnpike," "soot" and "goombah." After all, the image of the state is mostly
      traffic, with grungy air filtering the refinery-filled scenery and fear that Tony
      Soprano and his ilk might be on your tail.

      You might think that this Jersey would not be a land of verse and meter.

      But then you would be wrong, pal.

      For entire article, click

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38810-2003May25.html
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