Paul Muldoon
has been a guest of The Colbert Report
and got nailed in the process

Paul Muldoon is a poet.

June 18, 2009 NailingEdit


  • book: "Poems 1968 To 1998"
  • Pulitzer-prize winner poet, big deal Stephen has a black belt in haiku!
  • poetry isn't the best paying profession
  • he teaches poetry also
  • the parents of poetry majors get angry with him
  • why do we need poetry?
    • Hallmark covers everything:
      • love, sorrow, bar mitzvahs
  • metaphors are traps and lies
    • you cannot get away from them
  • poetry helps us make sense of our lives
  • poets can't make sense of their own lives
  • read poetry at the White House
    • Obamas had a poetry slam
  • Can Obama popularize poetry?
    • indication sense of how significant it is to our lives
  • get more on television


  • Dr. Colbert ordered The Heroes to make Muldoon's poem "Tea" the number one poem in America

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