Literature Annotations

Muldoon, Paul

Genre Poem
KeywordsChildbirth, Father-Daughter Relationship, Parenthood, Pregnancy
SummaryThis is the first of three poems (all annotated in this database) chronicling events that culminate in the arrival of the poet's new daughter. The second, Footling, relates her in utero reluctance to sally forth; the last, The Birth, is a verbal Fourth of July celebrating the birth of Dorothy Aoife Korelitz Muldoon. "Sonogram" is a three-stanza, eight-line image of the sonogram and the images it suggests. It reminds one of Pound's famous Metro poem for its sheer economy and pictorial power.
SourceThe Annals of Chile
PublisherFarrar, Straus & Giroux
Place PublishedNew York
Annotated by Ratzan, Richard M.
Date of Entry 05/11/95