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.