Paul Muldoon is the author of nine previous books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel. He teaches at Princeton University and, between 1999 and 2004, was professor of poetry at Oxford University.
I could still hear the musicians
cajoling those thousands of clay
horses and horsemen through the squeeze
when I woke beside Carlotta.
Life-size, also. Also terra-cotta.
The sky was still a terra-cotta frieze
over which her grandfather still held sway
with the set square, fretsaw, stencil,
plumb line, and carpenter’s pencil
his grandfather brought from Roma.
Listen to Paul Muldoon read "Burma" from his book Horse Latitudes and two John Berryman sonnets from The Dream Songs in 1996.