Happy Birthday, Paul Muldoon, born 20 June 1951
- I think a book should be a piece of engineering or architecture in itself.
- I think one of the great things about being a writer is the extent to which it allows us to invent ourselves. It’s like being in a witness-protection program.
- I’m still very conscious of coming from a society where storytelling was much prized and praised. I was reminded the other day that the Celts had a god of eloquence by the name of Ogmios. Ogmios was still lurking in the back of the minds of my neighbors. They loved poems, songs, good stories. And still do.
- Words want to find chimes with each other, things want to connect.
- I don’t know if I’ve ever found a voice. In fact, I’m rather skeptical of that idea having any currency. Each poem demands its own particular voice. It’s not as if one size fits all.
- I suppose I was very conscious, in writing for radio and television, of the necessity to communicate immediately what one has to say.
- The point at which the poem should really begin is often where, in some other intellection, it might have ended. I never, for example, save my “big” ideas for down the road. I start with the big idea and see how much further I can go.
Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet who has published over 30 collections. He has received many awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Moy Sand and Gravel was the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
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