Paul Muldoon resolved, in the New Year, 1992, to write a poem each day. The Prince of the Quotidian records, in typically inventive and mellifluous verse, encounters with friends and colleagues. Sometimes intimate, sometimes socially critical, it shares some reflections, thoughts, ideas, and opinions (on U2, Field Day, and his own exaggerated ‘exile’) of a major poet.
‘His resolve to write a poem a day was in itself a challenge to the notion of inspired genius. His poems [in The Prince of the Quotidian] are ‘given’ but not in the traditional sense; rather, they are an accretion formed around his literary life. Like contemporary works of art they are both poems and possible technical ideas about the nature of poems. They resonate, and they only when they are studied.’ — Thomas MacCarthy, Eire-Ireland
‘Being Muldoon each piece is of real value, a fascinating comment on such disciplines and an insight into the everyday sensibilities of a real poet.’ — Books Ireland
‘The Prince of the Quotidian reveals Muldoon[s genius in ways not see before . . . stands to The Annals of Chile as do Byron’s letters and journals to his poetry. And as such, The Prince of the Quotidian is an indispensable guide to Muldoon’s world.’ — William A. Wilson, Irish Literary Supplement