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August 30, 2023

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Seamus was a great gift. Thank you for this wonderful piece.

I met Seamus Heaney once, when I was a young poet. He was gracious and kind.

Thank you for posting this tribute to a great poet.

The only time I saw Heaney when he was not fully appreciated was when he was featured on the Stephen Colbert show. Maybe 15 years ago? He was just Seamus. Would not be a celebrity, read some poetry, no showboating, and no one knew what to do about it. Even Colbert.
He could have been at Princeton, at that time.

Heaney was unusually willing and able to talk about the craft of writing. When I interviewed him in 1994, he told me, "If you discover a title up ahead, it gives it prospective unity, I find titles can be part of the clarifying and metaphorical order of things, if I think of a title, it gives me a general genetic pattern for the thing, Sometimes it comes later and gives it shape retrospectively."

thanks for posting terence


Michael: you're very welcome.


Thanks, Geoff. I think he is absolutely right about titles.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark


from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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