Fans of Muldoon's band, Rackett, will recognise Mad for You", "Good As It Gets", "11 o'Clock" and "Resistance" as song lyrics from their 2007 album Resistance, but anyone who listens to Muldoon's captivating reading of "Hey Rachel" will hear how these songs need no musical support. "I was delighted to see that Leonard Cohen performs Byron's 'We'll Go No More a-Roving' as a poem-song", Muldoon enthused in a recent lecture for the Poetry Society and perhaps that hyphenated category "poem-songs" best describes these songs and sonnets. They are complex, charged performances that vibrate in the interim between one thing and the other. They'll rock your world." Guardian
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About the Author
Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the BBC. Since 1987 he has lived in the USA, 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. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Muldoon was elected a Member of the American Academy in Arts and Letters in 2008. Among his awards are the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the International Griffin Prize, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Shakespeare Prize and the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence.