Posts Tagged "Seamus Heaney"

My Wobbly Bicycle, 115

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Archive | 8 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 115

National Poetry Month almost got away from me before I thought to bring it up here.  I’d like to offer this, from Muriel Rukeyser, plus my comments. Each month, for our local newspaper I take a poem and talk it through, as an introduction to poetry for those who ordinarily wouldn’t read a poem at all. Here is this month’s column. Poem I lived in the first century of world wars. Most mornings I would be more or less insane. The news would pour out of various devices The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, Interrupted by attempts to sell products to the...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 48

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Archive | 28 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 48

Years ago, when my former husband had just been hired at the University of Delaware, the then-Department Chair offered to fly me from Arkansas to Delaware to look for a house for our family. (Can you imagine that now?) The night I arrived, there was a guest poet reading. I was invited. The poet was the late, great, silver-haired Seamus Heaney. I’d read a few of his poems, but basically I didn’t know squat.  At the reception—which was quite intimate, at someone’s house—we were brushing shoulders, picking up cheese and crackers. I could have said anything, asked him anything. But I...

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