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THE ELECTRIC ORCHARD
The early electric people had domesticated the wild ass.
They knew all about falling off.
Occasionally they would have fallen out of the trees.
Climbing again, they had something to prove
To their neighbours. And they did have neighbours.
The electric people lived in villages
Out of their need of security and their constant hunger.
Together they would divert their energies
To neutral places. Anger to the banging door,
Passion to the kiss.
And electricity to earth.
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Listen to this poetry reading to hear poet Paul Muldoon read his poem "The Sightseers." Paul Muldoon is the author of ten books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel, Maggot and Horse Latitudes. He teaches at Princeton University.
Listen to this poetry reading and then learn more about poet Paul Muldoon at http://us.macmillan.com/author/paulmuldoon
Paul Muldoon was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. He lives with his family in New Jersey, where he chairs the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. In 1999 he was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.