Sunday, December 09, 2007

The New New Yorker Poetry Editor

Muldoon Mulls Over Nature, Candy Bars
By Becky Lang
The Minnesota Daily
November 30, 2007

"Finally there's a poet to express the less-than-timeless tribulations of the soccer mom. Princeton professor, New Yorker poetry editor and garage-band lyricist Paul Muldoon has learned the subtle art of inflating virtually anything with poetry. 'The time of day when light fails on the field / and gives back a sky more muddy than mother-of-pearl,' is just one line from the short ode to the Gatorade-toting masters of the minivan. Apparently, rhyming 'soccer ball' with 'shopping mall' is for amateurs.

"With more than two dozen poetry compilations, two children's books, and a few translations on his résumé, the Irish-born Muldoon has received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and nabbed himself a mantle-full of awards. Muldoon took a break from his Thanksgiving festivities to chat with A&E about the particulars of making one's way in the world of words..."

Read the interview here.

Includes such questions as:

What kinds of poems submitted to the New Yorker do you instantly throw out? In other words, what are your pet peeves when it comes to poetry?

What is different about Irish poetry from American poetry?

Who is the most historically overrated poet? The most underrated?

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