‘When a warrior is gone’… Seamus Heaney

Ah God, I thought we'd have Seamus Heaney for at least a few more years. The wispy white-haired Irish laureate died in Dublin today, at the age of 74, according to various media reports, and there are no words to properly express what he contributed to poetry and language during his immense career. He was … Continue reading ‘When a warrior is gone’… Seamus Heaney

Carol Ann Duffy’s songs of the Earth

It almost sounds like British laureate Carol Ann Duffy is responding to news headlines about bee populations and cellphone usage when she says: Where bees pray on their knees, sing, praise
 In pear trees, plum trees; bees
 Are the batteries of orchards, gardens, guard them.


 Guard them—against what? Cell phones? Against our environmental ignorance? Duffy … Continue reading Carol Ann Duffy’s songs of the Earth