Paul Muldoon

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Paul Muldoon Biography

Muldoon was born on a farm outside Moy, County Tyrone, the eldest of three children. The family was Catholic in a largely Protestant area of Northern Ireland. His father worked as a farmer (among other jobs) and his mother was a school-mistress. In 2001, Muldoon said of the Moy; "It's a beautiful part of the world. It's still the place that's 'burn ...

Paul Muldoon Poems

1.
Milkweed And Monarch

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-
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2.
Gathering Mushrooms

The rain comes flapping through the yard
like a tablecloth that she hand-embroidered.
My mother has left it on the line.
It is sodden with rain.
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3.
The Frog

Comes to mind as another small
upheaval
amongst the rubble.
His eye matches exactly the bubble
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4.
Hedgehog

The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself,
Sharing its secret
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5.
Extraordinary Rendition

I gave you back my claim on the mining town
and the rich vein we once worked,
the tumble down
from a sluice box that irked
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Paul Muldoon Comments

Mary LouOtt 14 August 2019

I was recently in N.Ireland and when I heard your poem on NPR, Plaguey Hill I would like to hear the words again so I cou, d direct y friend Gareth Higgins to your site to hear your poem.

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