“I sometimes find it hard to remember exactly where a poem began. In this case, I’m pretty sure it was with my simply extending a hand to check for rain.”
To accompany the new Summer 2021 issue of The Poetry Review, celebrated Irish poet Paul Muldoon is the latest to delve ‘Behind the Poem’ in a regular series of articles where poets interrogate the inspirations for a poem they’ve published in the journal. In this piece Muldoon considers the thought processes when crafting his poem ‘The Rain’, a work “overflowing” with fleeting and shifting images including Joan of Arc and her horse, and goings-on behind-the-scenes at the Metropolitan Opera.
Find out more about the summer 2021 Poetry Review issue including sample content
7 July 2021