Seamus Heaney : "the keeper of language"

the keeper of language : The Irish Times 

Seamus Heaney died today in Dublin.  He was one of my early poetry loves. 


Seamus Heaney - NYT


Seamus Heaney - Walking on air against his better judgment - The Boston Globe 


I was fortunate enough to be able to get tickets to a reading he gave in Chicago last October. He was here to help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poetry magazine. What a lovely evening it was!

Reading: Seamus Heaney 



Noli timere. - Seamus Heaney’s last words, in a text to his wife, Marie.
— http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23929480

What I'm Reading: An Animal of the Sixth Day by Laura Fargas

April is poetry month. I read poetry year round and can't imagine a month without it, but I'm happy to celebrate it publicly every April. Some poems wind up becoming talismans -- something you carry and something that carries you. The poem becomes something you breathe; something you are. That is how I feel about Laura Fargas' poem, Kuan Yin, which can be found in her book of poems: An Animal of the Sixth Day

Thank you, Laura Fargas.

Michael Silverblatt Interviews Mary Ruefle


This week's episode of KCRW's Bookworm, hosted by Michael Silverblatt -- one of the most nuanced readers to be heard anywhere -- features Mary Ruefle, noted poet, on her newest book release, a meditation on poetry: Madness, Rack, and Honey published by Wave Books.

Madness, Rack, and Honey is a collection of Ruefle's lectures on all things poetry. I'd buy the book for the chapter headings alone; I find them irresistable:

On Beginnings

Poetry and the Moon

On Sentimentality

On Theme

On Secrets: Eight Beginnings, Two Ends

On Fear

Madness, Rack, and Honey

My Emily Dickenson

Someone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World

Remarks on Letters

Kangaroo Beach

I Remember, I Remember

Twenty-two Short Lectures

Lectures I Will Never Give



I Remember, I Remember - On handsome roofers, attentive cows, and sudden tears of youth. - by Mary Ruefle - The Poetry Foundation


UC Berkeley - Lunch Poems - Mary Ruefle