Paul Muldoon, "Meeting the British"
Paul Muldoon (1951–) was born in Portadown, County Armagh, among a Catholic
minority in a predominantly Protestant area. His father was a laborer, farm
worker, and mushroom grower, and his mother a schoolteacher. He was educated at
the primary school where his mother taught, Collegelands, St. Patrick's
College, Armagh, and Queen's University, Belfast. He worked as a radio and
television producer for the British Broadcasting Company before leaving to
write and to live in the United States. He is Howard G. B. Clark Professor of
humanities and creative writing at Princeton University, and currently holds
the Professorship of Poetry at Oxford University. He was awarded the Geoffrey
Faber Memorial Award in 1991, the T. S. Eliot Award for The Annals of
Chile in 1994, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature
in 1996, and the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for his New Selected
Poems. His poetry collections include New Weather (1973), Why
Brownlee Left (1980), Meeting the British (1987), Madoc: A
Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), New Selected Poems
1968–1994 (1996), and most recently Kerry Slides (1996).
"Meeting the British".