My date, from The Third Annual Willow Manor Ball,
Poet, Seamus Heaney
is a finalist for the
Canada's most generous poetry award.
His submission is called
When asked about the mournful quality of the poems he replied:
"You get to a certain age and several of the people who were fixed stars in your life begin to fall. You yourself don’t have to be shaken by mortal danger in order to feel your mortality. A couple of poems in the book which end up being among the most elegiac were written before my stroke — I’m thinking of “The Baler” and “In the Attic.” But no doubt the stroke heightened the elegiac quotient, although it also brought on a surge of writing energy and in the months after it I wrote a lot of the things included in Human Chain."
I'll just be popping along to the bookstore now.
Good Luck Seamus!