|My chooks about to take me for a walk around |
the front garden. Ginger Rogers is on the right.
Friday, November 29, 2013
MURPHY HAS ONE UP ON MULDOON
I wouldn’t say I am into one-upmanship and yet I find myself feeling pleased to be one up on internationally renowned Irish poet Paul Muldoon. I have three chickens and he only has two. Like Muldoon I am rediscovering the joys of chicken farming. He talks about this and his recent collections - of song lyrics - in an interview titled ‘Writing Songs’ in the current issue of The Moth. He also says something alarming – that all poets get worse as they get older. Some of us are getting older yet still trying to get better. There I am dragging the chain again.
The interview can be accessed online here. The Moth is a quarterly arts and culture magazine publishing poetry and prose by Irish and international writers. The Moth also runs the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize which closes on December 31. The first prize is €10,000 with cash for second and third places.