Poet Paul Muldoon reads Saturday in La Grua Center

What rhymes with, "Damn, that's a lot of prizes!"?

It's beyond me, but the Irish-born poet/genius Paul Muldoon could probably figure it out. And, yes, the question is appropriate inasmuch as Muldoon, with over 30 collections to his credit, has won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shakespeare Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He was also the Oxford Professor of Poetry before moving to the States, where he served as poetry editor of the New Yorker and is a professor of humanities at Princeton.

Did you miss that part about "over 30 collections"? Yes, Muldoon is prolific, and the scope and breadth of his work and imagination is pretty much peerless. Oh, and Muldoon is also a playwright and a songwriter and was a very close friend of the late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

All of these things — plus the art of teaching and Mudloon's own influences — will presumably be discussed Saturday at "Good Stories Well Told," a reading/chat with the poet at the La Grua Center in Stonington. Lori Robishaw, executive director at La Grua, has known Muldoon for two decades and will host the proceedings. 

"Good Stories Well Told" with Paul Muldoon, 5 p.m. Saturday, La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; $15; (860) 535-2300, lagruacenter.org.

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