Dolphin Aria/ Limited Hours: A Love Song
Luke McMullan is prising the nails out of the lyric and holding it ethically accountable for any passivity that might lurk in its corridors. —John Kinsella
A poem in sections on twentieth-century media, William Benjamin, Karl Kraus, opera, poetry of the Russian revolution, moving to New York, working in advertising, and companionship.
A series of approximately twenty translations of the Old English poem 'The Ruin', including translation notes.
'You’ll want to re-read this book in multiple directions. In this sense, RUIN is a complex essay on the thinking of translation over time, as well as an articulate and lapidary ear-led celebration of the enduring energies of a poem about place, architecture, resurgence and memory in and as language. These energies loop enthrallingly in McMullan’s version, bringing us circuitously to the notion that language is not a system of signs, but a mud-flecked knotwork of attractions, mysteriously and often achingly incomplete, yet fundamentally comedic.'—Lisa Robertson
'Mallarmé suggested that the pages of a book, settled into thickness, present to us the soul’s resting place: in RUIN the tomb is broken, the genie at large, the book one restless upshot of an age of mass bombings.'—Peter Manson
'Luke McMullan’s experiment in poetic 'thick translation' defies the common notion of a translation as a substitute for the original text. Instead, the poet-translator offsets the text, a ruin, with multiple translations done according to different methods, like Mount Fuji in Hokusai’s woodblock series, and with multiple commentaries on the language of the original. This elegant little book is itself an allegory of translation—and of reading in general—as an act of encountering, rather than appropriating, the Other.'—Eugene Ostashevsky
Using different historical dictionaries, secondary material from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries on the Roman ruins of Bath, and critical work on Anglo-Saxon sculpture. Includes translation notes and correspondence.