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Seamus Heaney

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

Gerry Adams

Paula Gordon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Paula Gordon

I have no special knowledge of the Troubles. But I am personally acquainted with Mr. Adams. I found him to be a man of peace, not of violence, when we welcomed him to our program in 2004.

Poetry Month 2014: We Need Writers So We Can Continue to Exist

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.22.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong.

What Do Van Morrison, the Godfather of Punk and Seamus Heaney Have in Common?

Richard Bangs | Posted 04.29.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The winds make us lean towards this place, to inhale its spirit, and the broken waters summon us to baptize our dreams, and, in our own foreign way, contribute to the exquisite idea that is Northern Ireland.

Why We Should Respect All Cultural Celebrations

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Every American stands on the shoulders of courageous, hard-working ancestors who came here from another country, bringing their cultures with them. Each of us is justifiably proud of our culture and heritage, and we deserve to see them respected, if not honored.

A Return to Language

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

My friend and collaborator Seamus Heaney was buried two months ago. It seemed particularly cruel to me that we would lose a poetic giant in a time when the need for a return to language seems to be vital to the future of humanity.

Seamus Heaney: A Poet Who Liked the Red Sox

Al Eisele | Posted 10.22.2013 | Arts
Al Eisele

Well, it's not exactly accurate to say that Heaney was a Red Sox fan because he had a hard time understanding baseball, despite my efforts to explain it to him, but he liked the experience of going to Fenway Park.

9/11/13: Seeking connection in a "connected" world

Brad Harrington | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
Brad Harrington

Today is September 11. That date is seared in the memory of all Americans. I would guess that the only dates on the calendar that hold greater familia...

On Remembering (And Not Remembering) Seamus Heaney

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.09.2013 | Arts
Christina Patterson

It's one thing to meet a great artist. I've been lucky enough to meet, and interview, quite a few considerable artists, and a handful I would probably describe as great. But it doesn't happen all that often in a life that you meet a great human being.

A Glorious Voice-Seamus Heaney

Lorie Karnath | Posted 11.09.2013 | Arts
Lorie Karnath

hen the world lost Seamus Heaney, so departed among its most glorious of voices. While the gift of his written voice will continue to live on indefinitely, the expressively inspiring tones of the poet's physical sound have sadly been extinguished.

Do Not Be Afraid

Alice Carey | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Alice Carey

I'm not much one for crying. But this morning I did, as I watched Irish poet Seamus Heaney's funeral, and heard his last words. Words he sent to his wife minutes before he died. 'Noli timere' -- don't be afraid.

Seamus Heaney: Words of Comfort

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

His family and friends are in mourning for Seamus Heaney, who died in Dublin on August 30. They are joined by a world of acquaintances and admirers, both known and unknown to Heaney himself, whose grieving is for the poet and the man -- if those could be separated.

Seamus Heaney, Experimental Poet

David Galenson | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

In an overwhelmingly conceptual era, in which nearly all the arts are dominated by precious young geniuses showing off their technical virtuosity and theoretical sophistication, Seamus Heaney was a great experimental old master.

Seamus Heaney, President Obama, Syria

Trina Y. Vargo | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Trina Y. Vargo

Perhaps in these moments, when the president must feel he is going it alone, he might take down that poem and heed Seamus' admonition that, "We must not forget the call of conscience and we must endeavour to keep others awake to it."

Remembering Seamus Heaney

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 11.02.2013 | Books
Tara Sophia Mohr

For each of us, there are writers who mean something: when we remember to pick up their work in the midst of our busy lives, it soothes and uplifts us. Heaney was writer number one of that kind for me.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013): 'If You Have the Words, There's Always a Chance That You'll Find the Way.'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.02.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The thing I needed to fix in my book: Something's gone wrong in David's marriage, and his wife has moved out. His law partner assures him that Blair will return; if he's smart, he won't ask her about the weeks she's been gone. Easy to say, hard to do. Then he remembers a Seamus Heaney poem.

Seamus Heaney's Final Message

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 11.02.2013 | Books

DUBLIN — Ireland mourned the loss of its Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney, with equal measures of poetry and pain Monday in a funeral full of ...

Legendary Poet Dies

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 10.30.2013 | Books

DUBLIN — To all lovers of the perfectly weighed word, Seamus Heaney offered hope on this side of the grave. Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin...

Poetic Late Bloomers: William Butler Yeats as Model

David Galenson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

The myth of early poetic greatness is an unfortunate example of synecdoche, for it mistakes one part of poetry for the whole.

Do Poets Peak Young? Don't Believe It

David Galenson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Do poets peak early? Apparent evidence that they do is provided by the striking list of poets who made major contributions in spite of dying young. But they are only part of the discipline.

5 British Poets to Watch in 2013

Robert Peake | Posted 01.03.2013 | Arts
Robert Peake

Stretching from London to Edinburgh, spanning theology and makeshift graffiti, my hope is that you will seek these poems out for your own sake, to bring a little transcontinental mischief and mirth to your reading in the year ahead.

Forget London, Londonderry's Where It's At

AP | Posted 10.25.2012 | Arts

LONDON -- The Northern Ireland city of Londonderry has announced a program of arts events ranging from punk to painting to celebrate its role as the U...

Griffin Poetry Prize Finalists Announced

thestar.com | Posted 06.05.2011 | Books

Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney and Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand are among this year’s International and Canadian finalists for the Griffin P...

The 17 Most Important Poetry Books Of Fall 2010

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

There's much to be excited about, and these selections give a fair indication of the presses putting out the most important poetry of the day and the degree of vitality of various poetic styles.

Poetry Best Sellers of 2010

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

Here, in descending order, are the best selling books of contemporary poetry published in 2010.