Seamus Heaney at 70 ..on the day


1) Clearances 3, from The Haw Lantern. read by the poet.

Clearances 3

In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984


When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
From each other’s work would bring us to our senses
So while the parish priest at her bedside
Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying
And some were responding and some crying
I remembered her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives–
Never closer the whole rest of our lives


 2) See Internet Poetry Archive for Clearances 5 and other writings by Heaney


3) The Irish broadcaster, RTÉ, has produced a 15 CD box-set celebrating the poet’s 70th birthday which it is broadcasting in a marathon 12 hour on RTÉ Radio (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, available on LW, DAB, Online and UPC Channel 940). as I write this.
Seamus Heaney: Collected Poems is a unique commemorative publication celebrating the 70th birthday of Ireland’s Nobel Laureate. Presented in a stunning 15-CDbox set, Heaney reads his 11 poetry collections from Death of a Naturalist to District and Circle in their entirety, accompanied by a 68-page booklet on the poet’s life and work. Written by fellow poet Peter Sirr, the booklet is illustrated with images of Heaney taken throughout his life



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