Seamus Heaney

A loss, and a loss remembered

The great Irish poet Seamus Heaney has died, only 74 years old.  Obituaries characterize him as a rock star among poets, and that was my experience of him, long before I had even read his poems.   Years ago I went to hear him read at the University of Michigan with a dear friend.  This […]


Ladies room in Milwaukee

Mother of the Groom by Seamus Heaney – What she remembers Is his glistening back In the bath, his small boots in the ring of boots at her feet. – Hands in her voided lap, she hears a daughter welcomed. It’s as if he kicked when lifted and slipped her soapy hold. – Once soap […]