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The Arctic Ox







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London: Faber and Faber


‘If I, like Solomon…/ could have my wish – / my wish…O to be a dragon…’ So begins the first line in Marianne Moore’s The Arctic Ox, a collection of poems that appeared in 1964, the first for her in seven years, since her successful Like a Bulwark (1957). Moore was a great lover of nature and was a frequent visitor to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In this volume, Moore not only poeticises chameleons, jellyfish, a giraffe, and the Arctic Ox (or goat), but also baseball, which was another of her passions. In 1951, she won the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award for her Collected Poems (1951).


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