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A Poem Is Its Own Architect

January 10, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Queens College

“I like to think that the poem, itself, dictates what sort of shape it wants to have in the world,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. “The only thing that carries weight is whether the poem is any good — at some level grabs you, changes how you view the world.” At an event sponsored by the Irish Studies Department at Queens College, Muldoon, a native of Northern Ireland, read selections from his works and discussed his influences, including fellow Irish poets. Muldoon currently chairs Princeton University’s Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
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