Paul Muldoon

(20 June 1951 / County Armagh / Northern Ireland)

Paul Muldoon Poems

1. Holy Thursday 2/17/2016
2. Cows 3/25/2016
3. The Birth 5/14/2015
4. Chunkey 6/24/2015
5. A Dent 10/5/2011
6. Extraordinary Rendition 10/5/2011
7. Hedgehog 10/5/2011
8. The Frog 1/13/2003
9. Milkweed And Monarch 10/14/2005
10. Gathering Mushrooms 10/14/2005
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Gathering Mushrooms

As he knelt by the grave of his mother and father
the taste of dill, or tarragon-
he could barely tell one from the other-

filled his mouth. It seemed as if he might smother.
Why should he be stricken
with grief, not for his mother and father,

but a woman slinking from the fur of a sea-otter
In Portland, Maine, or, yes, Portland, Oregon-
he could barely tell one from the other-

and why should he now savour
the tang of her, her little pickled gherkin,
as he knelt by the grave of his mother and father?

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He looked about. He ...

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