Paul Muldoon

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Paul Muldoon (born 20 June 1951) is a Northern Irish poet, literary critic and academic who has lived in the USA for the past twenty years. In 2003 his collection Moy Sand and Gravel won a Pulitzer Prize.


  • Words want to find chimes with each other, things want to connect.
    • Interviewed in Thumbscrew, Spring 1996. [1]
  • The point of poetry is to be acutely discomforting, to prod and provoke, to poke us in the eye, to punch us in the nose, to knock us off our feet, to take our breath away.
    • Princeton University Library Chronicle, Spring 1998.
  • If the poem has no obvious destination, there's a chance that we'll be all setting off on an interesting ride.
    • Harper's, September 1999.
  • Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini.

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