Q&A with Paul Muldoon

[W]e expect to be able to read poetry without being educated in it. We don’t have the same expectations of astrophysics, aeronautical engineering, algebra or even making a passable avgolemono.

Q&A with Paul Muldoon



  1. “Don’t give up the piano lessons.” – I could’ve used that advice a while back.

    Thanks for sharing this interview. I enjoy the way Muldoon handled some of the tougher (dare I say, typical reporter?) questions. I especially appreciate his comments about why people don’t approach poetry. I’ve been contemplating this idea myself and comparing poetry to classical music. I suspect that the we can see some trends in how these arts are handled by professionals and by audiences.

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