Heaney Comes to Poetry

4 thoughts on “Heaney Comes to Poetry”

  1. A few years ago upon hearing of his death I wrote this as a tribute to Heaney on a board. He had a marvelous aura, a truly special human being.

    ”I was lucky to attend readings of his several times, and sit afterwards in the pub in his company. His wife always struck me as so beautiful and him as serene and noble. A particular memory I have of him is from the Flat lake Arts festival where he turned up, sort of out of the blue, to do a reading. It was in a marquee. The tent was sparsely populated with a few loiterers ~ there were not that many in attendance at the festival to be honest, as it was in the first year. Then Séamus began to read. His beautiful sonorous voice. And people began to appear. First wandering straggles. Then droves of people. Emerging it seemed to me from the hedgerows and the dusk, thronging into the tent, like people summoned by the Shaman. There was not a whisper, as we pressed together. Total silence. And when at last he read the finishing line of Mid Term Break a wave of emotion coursed through the assembly that was utterly spiritual.
    Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

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  2. Thank you so much for this, what a great memory. I wish I’d had the chance to see him read in person, but recordings will have to suffice–it was his voice I came to first, his recording of Beowulf, & only later discovered his other poetry. You’re very lucky.

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  3. I think Heaney and Derek Walcott are two of the best poets of their generation which is my generation. I am not sure that currently there are any poets of that caliber coming up. We’ll just have to see.

    And Tim, thank you for the follow.

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  4. ah – these lines drew me to him:
    “Between my finger and my thumb
    The squat pen rests.
    I’ll dig with it.”
    – the pen of Seamus and the thought-fox of Hughes – my poetic uncles 🙂

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