on poetry

April 13, 2019

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”
Seamus Heaney
(April 13, 1939 – August 30, 2013)

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quote from Stepping Stones: Interview with Seamus Heaney
photo © John Minihan


Located in the poet’s home village of Bellaghy, County Derry, Ireland, Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrates the life and literature of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Open daily, the HomePlace offers exhibitions, talks, performances, and workshops related to Heaney’s life and work.

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Poems Out Loud

St. Patrick’s Day seems an auspicious time to listen to some Irish poets reading their own words. Poems Out Loud is a good place to start. Listen to Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paul Muldoon and others poets — Irish and otherwise — as they share their work aloud.

Don your mail…and read!

December 4, 2014

 translation by Seamus HeaneyTime to dust off the chain mail, raise a bowl of mead and join in a marathon reading of the entire text of Beowulf as translated by Seamus Heaney. Readers will take turns in 5- to 10-minute increments until every monster is vanquished, every hero glorified, hard-earned harmony restored. Everyone is welcome; no experience necessary.

This mighty event will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Honey Moon Mead & Cider in Bellingham, Washington, starting at 7:00pm. Come listen or sign up to read by calling (360) 734-0728 or emailing info@honeymoonmeads.com. More event info on Facebook.

on poetry…

April 13, 2013

Seamus Heaney by Mark Gerson
April 13 is the birthday of poet Seamus Heaney.

“My poems almost always start in some kind of memory… It’s like a little beeper going off in your mind. Some little thing wakens excitement, and it gets connected with some other things. Ideally, it’s like an avalanche — a little pebble begins to move, gathers a lot of energy and multiplies itself.” Seamus Heaney

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photo of Seamus Heaney © Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

on poetry…

November 16, 2012

“Poetry is more than the shape of its verse, it’s more than its line-turnings, and its pirouettings. It’s a combination of some form of truth, wisdom, and a new way of seeing it, of saying it — as a refreshment of what you know.” Seamus Heaney

the poet on poetry…

July 22, 2011

“The thing about writing is that, if you have the impulse, you will find the time.” Seamus Heaney

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