Paul Muldoon is undisputedly a master poet. Many of his poems distinctly take up the poetic tradition yet skew it with half-rhymes and unlikely subjects for classic forms, and also engage deeply with the troubled politics of his native Northern Ireland yet intertwine them with Muldoon's own personal history, mythology and esoteric symbolism. In his 11th collection, the Pulitzer Prize winner and former professor of poetry at Oxford is as good as ever. Amid the usual parade of poetic forms (a riddle, haiku and pantoum, among others) he treats post 9/11 America (those were my twin towers, right?; aging, fatherhood and mortality.
Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He read English at Queens University, Belfast, and published his first collection of poems, New Weather, in 1973. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983),Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay(1998) and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002) for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. In 1999 he became the Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award.