Paul Muldoon was born and raised in Northern Ireland and has lived in the United States since 1987. He is poetry editor for The New Yorker and the author of more than 10 collections of poems, including the 2002 Moy Sand and Gravel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. He has also written rock lyrics for Warren Zevon and his own band, Rackett, in which he plays rhythm guitar.
In this recording from the 2010 Key West Literary Seminar, Muldoon delivers a presentation entitled “The Borderline.” In it, Muldoon talks about his childhood growing up in a Catholic ghetto in Northern Ireland, and discusses how the political and military struggles around the Irish border and beyond affected the lives of his family and friends. The selection of poems Muldoon reads speak to similar issues; they include “Anseo,” “Cuba,” “A Christmas in the 50s,” “The Loaf,” and “Side Man.”
From KWLS 2010: Clearing the Sill of the World