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The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Speranza in Reading: On “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. “Speranza” was the … Continue reading

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The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Orpheus in Ireland: On Brian Merriman’s “The Midnight Court”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. Brian Merriman lived … Continue reading

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The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘Extending the Alphabet: On Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander”,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. In re-reading this … Continue reading

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The Books: The Redress of Poetry; ‘The Redress of Poetry,’ by Seamus Heaney

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Seamus Heaney’s The Redress of Poetry. The fact of … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice at Newgrange: “Nobody Knows, Love.”

The winter solstice always makes me think of Newgrange, a place I have been to numerous times (There’s a picture on my fridge of me and my sister Jean at Newgrange, taken by sister Siobhan): Newgrange is a passage tomb … Continue reading

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“But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you.” – Happy Birthday, Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary, feminist, radical, and lifelong poetic muse of William Butler Yeats, was born on December 20 in 1865. She married John MacBride (after a couple of notorious affairs and illegitimate children). John MacBride was an Irish nationalist … Continue reading

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Miss Julie (2014); directed by Liv Ullmann

Liv Ullmann directing August Strindberg’s wacky 1888 comedy, Miss Julie. Jessica Chastain, man. But all three of the main actors – Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton, give phenomenal performances. It’s rather unforgettable, actually. My review of Miss Julie is … Continue reading

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“It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good and Bad. People Are Either Charming or Tedious.”

So said Oscar Wilde, whose birthday it is today. His mother, Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde (aka Lady Wilde, aka “Speranza”) was an incredible woman in the canon of Irish literary history certainly, not to mention its politics and social upheaval. … Continue reading

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The Canal (2014); directed by Ivan Kavanagh

Pretty damn creepy. I actually screamed twice while watching it. Terrifying. An Irish ghost story. A haunted house. A man gone mad. I enjoyed it. My review of The Canal is now up at The Dissolve.

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Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara was one of those “old” movie stars whom I grew up knowing about because of the yearly showing of Miracle on 34th Street on television, as well as my absolute obsession with Parent Trap. I wanted to be … Continue reading

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