Paul Muldoon is Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princea?ton and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. His eleventh collection of poems, Maggot, will be published next year. (December 2009)

A Second Hummingbird

Yet another money-man with a finger in the till at Flavor & Fragrance, my own not standing still no less a stance than his, the only grounds for his existence now being to make such rounds and roundelays …

The Loaf

When I put my finger to the hole they’ve cut for a dimmer switch in a wall of plaster stiffened with horsehair it seems I’ve scratched a two-hundred-year-old itch with a pink and a pink and a pinkie-pick. When I put my …

Affairs of State

The lock of hair in a green-lined envelope which was given to me by a woman with whom I planned to elope in the mid-eighties came back, much to my disbelief, as the single rusty leaf like a rivet in a thick hedge of boxwood …