In 2020, the Victorian government declared it would establish a Truth and Justice process to ‘recognise historic wrongs and address ongoing injustices for Aboriginal Victorians’. The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission was announced in March this year as the governing body of this process, one to be led by five commissioners and invested with the powers of a royal commission. In today’s episode, Paul Muldoon reads his essay from the July issue, ‘The prison of the past’, which considers the future challenges and complexities facing the commission. As he writes: ‘In truth and reconciliation, “healing” has come to assume a central importance. But exactly who or what is being healed?’See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On episode 183 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by poet and professor, Paul Muldoon. In this conversation, Paul offers a thoughtful look at his process as a poet and what it means to write work that speaks to this moment.The pair discuss some of Paul’s influences, as a writer, including T.S. Eliot and John Donne. He reads from a poem he worked on in the early weeks of the pandemic, “Plaguey Hill,” and previews his recently-announced project with Paul McCartney. Paul brings us all into his practice as both a teacher and a writer, and explains how important unknowing is to writing, and confronts what it means to approach the page from a place of innocence and ignoranceREAD: Plaguey Hill, a new poem by Paul Muldoon Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for more than thirty years. He is the author of fourteen collections of poetry including Howdie-Skelp, due from FSG and Faber and Faber in 2021. Among his awards are the 1972 Eric Gregory Award, the 1980 Sir Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2006 European Prize for Poetry, the 2015 Pigott Poetry Prize, the 2017 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry, and the 2020 Michael Marks Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
This episode features Paul Muldoon. He is a Pulitzer-prize winning poet who has published 14 full-length poetry collections, as well as countless other pieces of writing. Born in Northern Ireland, he studied at Queen’s University in Belfast and worked as a producer for the BBC until becoming a freelance writer in the mid-1980s. He was the poetry editor of The New Yorker from 2007-2017 and has served as a professor of poetry at both Oxford University and Princeton University, and he currently occupies the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 chair in the Humanities at Princeton. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “The most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”
Planet Poet-Words in Space – NEW PODCAST! LISTEN to my 2020 WIOX Radio conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Hear his views on poetry, teaching, and on the process and challenges of producing last year’s Sharon Springs Poetry Festival (the Festival’s fourth year) virtually during Covid. Please note that the Festival was upcoming when this show was initially broadcast in October. A great highlight of the show: Hear Paul Muldoon read his poem, “The Bannisters” from his 2020 poetry collection Frolic and Detour. Paul Muldoon is the author of 14 major collections of poetry, innumerable smaller collections, works of criticism, opera libretti, books for children, song lyrics, radio and television drama. His poetry has been translated into twenty languages. The Times Literary Supplement has described Paul Muldoon as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War”. Roger Rosenblatt, writing in The New York Times Book Review, described Paul Muldoon as “one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems – word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.” Also featured: Planet Poet’s Poet-At-Large, Pamela Manché Pearce and composer Robert Cucinotta’ s recent work - “Wagner Night at Brighton Beach.” Yours in Radio, Sharon Planet Poet – Words in Space: A WIOX Community Radio Production Planet Poet theme music by Robert Cucinotta
Jean Hanff Korelitz & Paul Muldoon, Corcadorca, music from Joel Harkin
Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel 'You Should Have Known' has been adapted as current series 'The Undoing' on Sky Atlantic. Jean and her husband, the poet Paul Muldoon, discuss, Show, the annual theatre event from Corcadorca goes online, playwright Clare Monnelly & Pat Kiernan Artistic Director of the Theatre chat to Sean and music from Joel Harkin.
The Second Coming Turns 100 (Part I): A Discussion of W.B. Yeats’ Classic Poem of Polarization with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon (Princeton University)
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How does a century-old poem written in Ireland as European civil wars erupted in the aftermath of World War I still resonate in our own partisan era? That is the central question The Purple Principle asks in both Episode 14 and 15, as the classic poem, “The Second Coming”, by William Butler Yeats, turns one hundred years young. In Episode 14, our special guest is another great Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, author of 15 collections of poetry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Professor of Poetry at Princeton University. Muldoon speaks about the poem’s insight and longevity, the influences at work on Yeats as he wrote it, and the impact Yeats still exerts on poetry today. The center cannot hold.. The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity… Lines published one hundred years ago this month (November 1920) that still speak to us today here in the U.S., as we polarize over COVID, election results, and other issues. Tune in to learn more about the remarkable relevance and endurance of “The Second Coming” by W.B. Yeats with special guest, the renowned Irish poet, Paul Muldoon.Original music composed and created by Ryan Adair Rooney. For show notes and transcript, please visit our website: www.fluentknowledge.com/shows/the-purple-principle/the-second-coming-turns-100
In which Pulitzer prizewinning poet Paul Muldoon confronts himself. “Ok Paul get a grip. Face reality this is what you do, and it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do,” says he. “It is as reasonable a thing to do as to be a philosopher or a psychiatrist or a pulmonary specialist. Just get over yourself. It’s not about you. You are a poet.”
Celebrating Bloomsday: Paul Muldoon and Colm Toibin in conversation with Jeet Thayil
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Two of the greatest living Irish writers - Paul Muldoon & Colm Tóibín - discuss the influence of Joyce and Irish literature with Booker-shortlisted poet and novelist, Jeet Thayil, and explore why ‘Ulysses’ still matters, to mark Bloomsday on June 16See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon chew the cud on the 'the good things in life'. It was Sunday Morning, June 2019, and it felt like the right time to discuss how to avoid poisoning one's friends in the kitchen, the reverential love of music by writers, rare herbs that grow in people's hedges, and so on. Listen to the free podcast here: https://festivalofwritingandideas.com/podcasts/
A chance to hear again an episode from May 2019 of Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast of poetry from Ireland. Paul Muldoon reads his poem The Birth from his Selected Poems 1968-2014, published by Faber & Faber. This episode of Words Lightly Spoken was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.