Co-presented with the TOWN HALL ARTS & CULTURE SERIES. In his new collection The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon goes back to the essential meaning of "lyric"a short poem sung to the accompaniment of a musical instrument. And these words are written for music most assuredly, with half an ear to Yeats' ballad-singing porter drinkers and half to Cole Porterindeed, many of them do double-duty as rock lyrics for Muldoon's band, Wayward Shrines. Their themes are the classic themes of song: lost love, lost wars, Charlton Heston, barbed wire, pole dancers, cellulite, elephants, Oedipus, Buddy Holly, Julius Caesar, cockatoosand more barbed wire. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via www.townhallseattle.org or at 888-377-4510. Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.