FROM THE CURE AT TROY BY SEAMUS HEANEY
Human beings suffer They torture one another, They get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song Can fully right a wrong Inflicted and endured.
Seamus Heaney might not appear to fit into our “gonzo” theme or leaning, but there really is no explanation for taste. He is a name we may hear more of in the coming few years. And a poet who is worth getting to know. Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A Noble Laureate (Literature in1995), and the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism. There it is. Criticism, now you know why we may be fans. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was raised in County Derry, and later on lived many years in Dublin. Heaney was a teacher at Harvard University for just over twenty years (1985-2006) and served as the Oxford Professor of Poetry for fifteen (1989-1994).
“History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme.” Seamus Heaney
FROM IDEAS.TED “In an ode to the art of odes, poetry critic Stephen Burt demonstrates through lyrical explication that the practice of poetry is tied to being human. Says Burt, “The patterns in poems show us not just what somebody thought or what someone did or what happened, but what it was like to be a person like that — to be so anxious, so lonely, so inquisitive, so goofy, so preposterous, so brave.” It is, Burt suggests, our ability to imagine the hypothetical that makes poetry work.” Thu-Huong Ha writes and edits for TED
a notebook for your poetry
As I’ve said before, I love to put pen or pencil to paper and am never without a notebook. Whether hiking in the mountains, working outback in the garden, or just bouncing around town. I always have some kind of pad on me. This Handmade Leather Notebook is definitely one of my favorites.
Another critic-the king of gonzo
The man who turned me into a political junkie, was an American journalist and author. Hunter S Thompson was the founder of the gonzo journalism movement and a champion of the counter-culture. He began his climb to fame with the publication of Hells Angels in 1967. For which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.