Posts Tagged: Seamus Heaney
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....more
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 to video or audio of one of his readings, and very few people pulled from the same work, which is a testament to both his reach and to the large body of work he produced in his lifetime....more
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....more
Heaney’s phrasings boast fewer pyrotechnics, and his topics veer toward the meditative, the mournful, and the missing....more
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....more
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 weird” about it....more