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District and Circle (original 2006; edition 2011)

by Seamus Heaney

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Member:RidgewayGirl
Title:District and Circle
Authors:Seamus Heaney
Info:Faber & Faber (2011), Paperback, 96 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Poetry, Irish Author, 2013CC

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This is a slim volume of poetry, although my favorite was the few pages in the middle of what the author called Found Prose; beautiful short descriptions. Most of the poetry was about the author's rural Irish childhood, but other poems wanders into the American Midwest or to the London Underground. Lushly descriptive, they evoke time and place more completely than anything I've read, or even a sepia-toned photograph. In Saw Music Heaney describes a busker in a store doorway:

Flop-wobble grace note or high banshee whine.
Rain spat upon his threadbare gabardine,
Into his cap where the occasional tossed coin
Basked on damp lining, the raindrops glittering
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1 vote RidgewayGirl | Nov 29, 2012 |
I am writing a review of this book, because the title poem, "District and Circle" is a great poem. This is one of the best evocations I have read of what it feels to be in the undergound, this alternate world of mostly moving humanity. But Heaney starts off with one of the non-moving denizens, a player of a tin-whistle. Then he drives forth into the almost cacaphonous platforms and trains. At last, he comes to a more silent area where he thinks of father in a vaguely similar 'flicker-lit' world. ( )
  vpfluke | Sep 1, 2009 |
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for Ann Saddlemyer
Call her Augusta
Because we arrived in August, and from now on
This month's baled hay and blackberries and combines
Will spell Augusta's bounty.
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Tunes from a tin whistle underground
Curled up a corridor I'd be walking down
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374530815, Paperback)

District and Circle inhabits the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Scenes from a childhood spent far from the horrors of World War II are colored by a strongly contemporary sense that "Anything can happen," and other images from the dangerous present--a fireman's helmet, a journey on the Underground, a melting glacier--are fraught with this same anxiety. But the volume, which includes some "found prose" poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language. With more relish and conviction than ever, Heaney maintains his trust in the obduracy of workaday realities and the mystery of everyday renewals.

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'District and Circle' is a new collection of prose poems and translations from Seamus Heaney. It offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language.

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