Posts Tagged: Seamus Heaney

Discovering Septimania

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I set off for Rome with my fiddle and a backpack, planning to busk as long as the tourists could stand it.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Tess Taylor

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Tess Taylor about her new collection Work & Days, manual labor, and the lyric possibilities in small fields.

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The Rumpus Interview with Mary Karr

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Mary Karr talks about her new book The Art of Memoir, the perception of memoir from a “trashy” form, the virtues of poetry, and the complexity of truth-telling.

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Seamus Heaney’s Last Poem

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Seamus Heaney’s poem “In A Field” is allegedly the last poem ever written by Seamus Heaney before his passing in June. The Irish Poet wrote it following an invitation by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy to contribute to a memorial anthology about the World War I. Read more about his contribution and two of his poems on the […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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Giddy-up, you hateful stallion!  It’s time for another Weekend Rumpus Roundup. In the Saturday interview, Kiese Laymon takes some time with the Rumpus to discuss his latest book, Long Division, and explores in greater length the literary influences that have contributed to the development of his own Afrofuturist style. Irish poet Seamus Heaney—who unfortunately passed […]

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Seamus Heaney: 1939 – 2013

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I was saddened to read the news on my Facebook page this morning (because that’s how we get most of our news these days, from shared stories on social media) of Seamus Heaney’s death at the age of 74. Many friends and acquaintances noted his passing by posting quotes from his poems, or by linking […]

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Authors Deface Own Books for Charity

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Literary organization English PEN has chosen an interesting way to raise funds: ask authors to annotate first editions of their books, and then auction them off. J. K. Rowling is the prize catch in terms of predicted auction money, but 49 other writers are participating, from Philip Pullman to Jeanette Winterson. …Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, looking […]

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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The Irish Times reports on Seamus Heaney’s Irish Human Rights Commission lecture, in which he argues that the work of writers has been crucial in keeping alive the spirit of freedom. I’m looking forward to seeing a transcript of this speech, because I’d like to see how far he pushes the comparison. Kenneth Goldsmith links […]

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Coming Out of the Bog

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Earlier this year, a couple of archaeologists pulled a barrel of butter out of a peat bog in Ireland, about 25 miles west of Dublin. It wasn’t the first time this has happened–in fact, it’s not even unusual anymore–but it happens infrequently enough that when it does occur, there’s an air of the “wow, that’s […]

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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The New Haven Review has an interview with David Orr, including Orr’s take on the spitting match between him and Dana Goodyear a couple of years ago. Poetry is on the radio again, thanks to WSUM. You can also listen to Word Salad online if you prefer. How can a vocabulary change your life? Carol […]

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