Poeming in the rain: Paul Muldoon goes behind the poem

The cover of the Summer 2021 issue of The Poetry Review, illustrated by Kate Dehler

“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.

Read Paul Muldoon’s ‘Behind the Poem’ piece

Find out more about the summer 2021 Poetry Review issue including sample content

7 July 2021