Paul Muldoon

(20 June 1951 / County Armagh / Northern Ireland)

Paul Muldoon Poems

1. A Dent 10/5/2011
2. Extraordinary Rendition 10/5/2011
3. Hedgehog 10/5/2011
4. The Frog 1/13/2003
5. Milkweed And Monarch 10/14/2005
6. Gathering Mushrooms 10/14/2005
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Gathering Mushrooms

As he knelt by the grave of his mother and father
the taste of dill, or tarragon-
he could barely tell one from the other-

filled his mouth. It seemed as if he might smother.
Why should he be stricken
with grief, not for his mother and father,

but a woman slinking from the fur of a sea-otter
In Portland, Maine, or, yes, Portland, Oregon-
he could barely tell one from the other-

and why should he now savour
the tang of her, her little pickled gherkin,
as he knelt by the grave of his mother and father?

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He looked about. He ...

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