The text, a cantata poem by Paul Muldoon, is hand-printed letterpress and the book contains eight original etchings by the Northern Irish artist Rita Duffy. The cantata was commissioned in 2013 by the Honourable Irish Society as part of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture celebrations. Hand-bound in leather and presented with a linen slipcase, this special edition is limited to 150 copies. Each numbered copy is signed by both writer and artist.
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AS I ROVED OUT THE CULMORE ROAD
IN MY ’89 NISSAN SUNNY
WHO SHOULD I MEET AT EVENTIDE
BUT THAT SKELETON ON A MOSSY STONE
DOING A LITTLE SPOT WELDING
I SAID I REALLY DON’T WANT TO BE UNFAIR
BUT IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR IDEAS MIGHT BE THREADBARE
HE SAID I’M NOT USED
I’M JUST PRE-OWNED
YEAH I’M NOT USED
JUST CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED
Excerpt from section III of "At Sixes And Sevens" by Paul Muldoon