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Through the sparseness and compression, Laird generates a haunting trove of subtle and enriching tonal orchestrations - Alan Gillis
Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.
B. 1896 D. 1974
Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find/ A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart/ All that the clergy banish from the mind,/ When hands are joined and head bows in the dark. - 'Penal Law' by Austin Clarke
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
B. 1865 D. 1939
For everything that's lovely is / But a brief, dreamy, kind delight. 'Never Give All the Heart', W. B. Yeats
B. 1939 D. 2013
And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney
B. 1907 D. 1963
The writer today should be not so much the mouthpiece of a community...as its conscience, its critical faculty, its generous instinct. - Louis MacNeice
A writer is not interested in explaining reality; he's interested in capturing it. - Brendan Kennelly