Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon

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The Mountain is Holding Out

 

The mountain is holding out

for news from the sea

of the raid on the redoubt.

The plain won’t level with me

 

for news from the sea

is harder and harder to find.

The plain won’t level with me

now it’s non-aligned

 

and harder and harder to find.

The forest won’t fill me in

now it, too, is non-aligned

and its patience wearing thin.

 

The forest won’t fill me in

nor the lake confess

to its patience wearing thin.

I’d no more try to guess

 

why the lake might confess

to a regard for its own sheen,

no more try to guess

why the river won’t come clean

 

on its regard for its own sheen

than why you and I’ve faced off across a ditch.

For the river not coming clean

is only one of the issues on which

 

you and I’ve faced off across a ditch

and the raid on the redoubt

only one of the issues on which

the mountain is holding out.


Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University and Chair of the University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Paul Muldoon’s main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001) and Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. His tenth collection, Horse Latitudes, appeared in the fall of 2006. [http://www.paulmuldoon.net]

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  1. What a wonderful reading of a beautifully rendered pantoum. I could listen to this over and over again… in fact, I have!


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