the squat pen rests. i’ll dig with it.

Put Words Together. Make Meaning.

Last night, I had the opportunity to hear Seamus Heaney speak at the Rubloff Auditorium in the beautiful Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have been a fan for a long time. Heaney’s poem “Digging” (which I quote in the post title) was one of the first poems I read that really impacted me in terms of its use of sound and rhyme in a way that was both organic and formal. His reading included many of his well-known pieces – “Digging,” “Sunlight”(which he referred to as a Dutch interior wanting to be a Vermeer), “Casualty,” “A Sofa in the 40s,” and “Postscript.” His introductions to the poems were brief but meaningful in the sense that they gave a bit of context without explaining the piece. His brogue was charming and his reading style, although not dramatic or theatrical, seemed to enliven the rhythms of his written…

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