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"The snail moves like a Hovercraft..."

Paul Muldoon

Hedgehog

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at Queen's University Belfast. The Times Literary Supplement has called him "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War." One of his most memorable early poems, "Hedgehog," published in 1973 in his first book, New Weather, contains both the exuberant wordplay and the associative imagery that have become his poetry's hallmarks. When asked in a recent interview what he hopes to accomplish through his work, Muldoon said, "What I set out with is the hope that I will be sufficiently open to whatever it is that is going to construct itself through me in words…that adventure of making the poem is what it's about." His long list of awards includes the 1994 T.S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University. He also sings and plays in the band Rackett. This animation was created by Dena Nord, and Muldoon reads.

To read this and other poems by Paul Muldoon, as well as biographical information about the poet, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.