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Yet my eye is drawn once again,
Almost against its wishes,
To the figure in the shadows,
Willowy, and clean-shaven,
As if he simply wandered in
Between mending that fuse
And washing the breakfast dishes.
--from "The Bearded Woman, by Ribera"

Sven Birkerts has said, "It is not usual for a poet of Muldoon's years to have an oeuvre disclosing significant shifts and evolutions. But M
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published April 28th 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Christopher Flynn
Muldoon is my new favorite poet. He manages to combine self examination (maybe) with an utterly unsentimental mastery of language, sounds and multiple meanings. It's almost as if his poetry is saying that if it felt like it it could be L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry, if it wanted to it could be political polemic, if it needed to it could be formalist, if absolutely pushed it could be autobiographical, it allows narrative to lurk without ever really letting it out of its closet. It's a poetry that belong ...more
Bonnie Gayle
I read this when I was getting my degree in English literature. The class was called 'Death and Otherness,' and featured the poems of Muldoon, and 2 books by Coetzee. (The professor just happened to know both of them during her time teaching at Columbia University. Otherwise, the connection between Muldoon and Coetzee is a tenuous one at best.) It's easy for me to say I liked the Muldoon part of the class better than the Coetzee part, since I *loathed* Waiting for the Barbarians.

Anyway, Muldoon
I love Wind and Tree. I also do not love many of his poems.
He encounters the matter of the poem absolutely intrepidly, with a gusto that deepens, mythologizes & collectivizes a personal (hi)story while tickling most of what it chooses to touch.
No matter how many times I pick up this volume of poems, I always find something that I never had found before. Muldoon is rigorous in his devotion to poem writing.
one of my favorite poets, his first book New Weather is so raw and while still trying to protect himself, beautiful ties to nature and Ireland, a beautiful writer
Everyone should read Wind and Tree at least twenty times in their life.
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Born in Northern Ireland, Muldoon currently resides in the US and teaches at Princeton University. He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 through 2004. In September 2007, Muldoon became the poetry editor of The New Yorker.

1992: Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Madoc: A Mystery
1994: T. S. Eliot Prize for The Annals of Chile
1997: Irish Times Irish Literature
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