Muldoon, who is married with two children, has written eight volumes of poetry in addition to many chapbooks, plays and children's books. His first collection of poems, New Weather, was published in 1973 and his most recent book, Hay, was published in 1998.
As a child, Muldoon began writing poems to get around a teacher's weekly essay assignment. From there, he says, he just kept on writing. Of the process of writing, he says, "I do absolutely think of it as a mystical experience." Muldoon is a poet who is obsessed with the details of the world, and this is evident in his poetry, particularly in the poems of his that I read.
I chose to research Paul Muldoon for no particular reason. I don't particularly like poetry; I can recognize a good and a bad poem, but I can't for the life of me write one. I prefer to say what I mean, mean what I say, and leave little room for interpretation. Sometimes I think that poets take the easy way out by writing ambiguously about dinosaurs, and then people read and think that the poet is really talking about social injustice or sending their child off to the first day of school, when in fact, the poet just really likes dinosaurs. Sometimes I think that if I wrote a simple sentence about, say, a red wheelbarrow, and chopped it up into lines and told people it was very deep,... [continues]
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