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Heaney: Best Irish Poet Since Yeats

Traveling in Ireland for the first time a few years ago I was struck by the fact that everyone – everywhere – seemed to have a book under their arm or clutched in hand. Everyone it seemed was lost in words, heads in books. Crossing the Shannon on a car ferry the truck driver next to our rental car had a big volume propped up on the steering wheel. He had obviously taken in the lovely scenery before. Now his lovely book had his full attention, if only for a few minutes. One wonders why Ireland, a country with 4.5 million people, has produced so many of history’s greatest men – yes, mostly men – of letters. Shaw and Joyce, Behan, Beckett and Oscar Wilde. Now another of the greatest – the poet and Nobel Laureate Shamus Heaney – the greatest Irish poet since the great William Butler Yeats is gone/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.

Question: Who is your favorite Irish author or poet?

‘Wallace, Idaho’ Poet To Visit

Linda Beeman will be reading poems from her just-published chapbook celebrating the history of Wallace over the Father’s Day weekend in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Wallace. Reading-signings are scheduled at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14th at the Northern Pacific Depot Museum in Wallace, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at Hastings in Coeur d’Alene. According to reviewers, Beeman mixes the journalistic, historic and lyric to tell the story of a mythic, rough-and-tumble mining town that enriched the Inland Empire with its vast silver deposits. She writes about Wallace’s early labor wars, the devastating 1910 fire that consumed the town, and a Sunshine Mine disaster that asphyxiated 91 miners. Interspersed with those dramatic events are quieter memories of a 1960s childhood. More here.

DFO: I've read Linda's poems. Very, very good.

Question: Do you enjoy poetry? Favorite poet?

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