Today's poem is "The Ancestor"
from The Ancestor

The Chinese University Press

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, he was educated in Armagh and at Queen's University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G.B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. In 2007 he was appointed poetry editor of The New Yorker. Paul Muldoon's main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006) and Maggot (2010).

Other poems by Paul Muldoon in Verse Daily:
April 9, 2008:   "Quail" "Forty years in the wilderness..."

Books by Paul Muldoon:

Other poems on the web by Paul Muldoon:
Seven poems
"The Fish Ladder"
Seven poems
"The Birth"
"Meeting the British"
"The Misfits"
"Pineapples and Pomegranates"
"Symposium" and The Sightseers
"The Stoic"
"The Tower"
Two poems
"Why Brownlee Left"

Paul Muldoon's Website.

Paul Muldoon According to Wikipedia.

About The Ancestor:

"Paul Muldoon’ delightful and surprising second book The Ancestor uses such fresh and clarifying metaphoric language that we look 'through the near world' as if into 'the afterlife of chance.' And what we find there are such lovely and strange inventions made from what’s near at hand—an unraveled kite string stretching over a 'tornado' of debris or “tentacles of magnetic tape”—that Marks reminds us how poetry comes alive to us by way of glimpses and inklings."
—Michael Collier

"In The Ancestor, Paul Muldoon masterfully navigates the sometimes magical, sometimes heartbreaking geographies of time and narrative—of language itself. To read this book is 'to hear a new way of saying the old things: fire and grief'—in poems 'fine-boned,' wise, and beautiful. The Ancestor is a splendid collection."
—Claudia Emerson

"Paul Muldoon is a deeply meditative poet, and brings to the lyric-subgenre of the meditation all the surface complexity and richness of the lyric. He avoids, however, the easy closure of the lyric, pushing always on beyond the known into gnosis. Some poets change wildly from book to book. Some do not change at all. Paul Muldoon began with an individual voice and vision, and in each new phase of his writing he has pushed beyond the fluency of the earlier work, expanding, amplifying, and magnifying the particularity of that voice and vision. The poems find in the ordinary the uncanny. The poems find in recollection a clairvoyance."
—Eric Pankey

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