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    Michael Longley, anyone?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Lemex, May 22, 2014.

    I was going to just post something about this guy in the 'What are you reading thread' but that wouldn't feel right considering I read his book in about 20 minutes.

    Michael Longley is an Irish poet, considered by the tweed-wearing academic types to be one of the best poets working today. A friend of mine who did a creative writing MA at Newcastle Uni recommended Longley's book 'A Hundred Doors' to me, and I read it on the metro ride back. I have to say, I'm really impressed! His formal skill, and skill with words is excellent.

    I can see why he's not a Seamus Heaney, though. Longley's poetry seem very personal to him, and he writes poem after poem about Carrigskeewaun. He even mocks himself for this in a poem in this Hundred Doors collection. Frankly Longley doesn't have the universal appeal of Heaney, I want to say to the man 'No one gives a shit about Carrigskeewaun!' But. When he's not rabbiting on about the place, his poems are absolutely excellent.

    Honestly, check this guy out. He's good, when he's not being boring.
     
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    I've never heard of him, but I'll keep an eye out for his stuff.

    You read his book in only 20 minutes? Was it a really short book?

    And what the heck is Carrigskeewaun?
     
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    Yeah, 50 pages. No more than that.

    It's a place in Ireland. Apparently noted for being a particularly beautiful part of Ireland.

    An example of his poetry:

    Michael Longley - A Hundred Doors - Page 2, published by Jonathon Cape.
     

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